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Colombian Army activates new Special Forces Battalion

29th May 2017 - 10:00 GMT | by Erwan de Cherisey in Paris

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The Colombian Army activated the Urban Special Forces (SF) Battalion N°7 in Medellin, Department of Antioquia, on May 17, in an effort to counter organised crime across the region.

The new unit, which is integrated into the army’s 7th Division, has a strength of close to 250 men and is tasked with covering the region of the Aburra Valley, according to a statement from the Colombian General Command of Military Forces (CGFM).

The new battalion will perform operations to counter criminal activity in the city of Medellin and the whole Department of Antioquia. Its duties will include capturing or neutralising

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Erwan de Cherisey is a writer on international affairs and defence.

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