Quick Guide: The Colombian conflict
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Armed groups

Human cost

US role

Peace prospects

US role
The US provides funds for the aerial spraying of coca crops

The conflict has become intertwined with the illegal drugs trade, which finances both the Farc and the AUC.

Hundreds of US soldiers are in Colombia to help the government in its war against drug-smuggling and the rebels.

Since 2000, the US has funded a project called Plan Colombia. Forces receive training and equipment to root out smugglers and eliminate coca crops.

Hundreds of Colombian citizens have been extradited to the US to face trial for trafficking, under a two-way deal.