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AP EXPLAINS: Why Colombia's rebel conflict could soon end

Deep in the country's southern jungles, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are preparing for a peace deal that they and the government say could be just weeks away. Associated Press journalists recently visited the rebels at four different camps on the condition they not reveal the precise locations because of security concerns.

A look at the past and future of Colombia's half-century guerrilla conflict:

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HOW IT STARTED

The 1948 assassination of populist firebrand Jorge Eliecer Gaitan led to a political bloodletting known as "La Violencia," or "The Violence." Tens of thousands died, and peasant groups joined with communists to arm...

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