Colombia troops kill 33 rebels as part of new strategy

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BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian troops killed 33 FARC rebels on Wednesday in an oil-producing region close to the border with Venezuela, the government said, in one of the harshest blows against the drug-funded group in more than a year. Ground troops supported by air strikes attacked fighters from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia who were resting in the plains region of the northern Arauca province, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said. The FARC killed 11 soldiers close by just days earlier. ...