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A Casualty of the War on Drugs

As Colombia struggles to curtail cocaine production, Trump threatens to cut off aid

Tara, a bomb-sniffing dog with the Colombian anti-narcotics police, failed to detect the land mine, and the explosion flung officer Jose Carvajal high into the air. When he tried to stand up, Carvajal found that his legs would no longer obey. “When I looked down, my right foot wasn’t there,” he says. “The mine took my leg off below the knee.”

The 23-year-old policeman was one of a group of officers protecting workers digging up coca, the raw material for making cocaine, near the cartel-dominated town of Tarazá in

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