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Colombia to buy 10 Blackhawk helicopters to fight rebels

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

US Defense Minister Leon Panetta announced his country would authorize the sale of 10 helicopters to Colombia, including five state-of-the art Blackhawks, to help in the fight against illegal armed groups.

Panetta released the statement during a press conference alongside his Colombian counterpart Juan Carlos Pinzon, following their official meeting Monday at the Tolemaida military base.

The helicopters are to intended to "strengthen Colombia's armed forces against the FARC," Panetta said.

Source: Colombia Reports