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The battles began in 1964: Here's a look at Colombia's war with the FARC rebels

The battles began in 1964: Here's a look at Colombia's war with the FARC rebels

For more than 50 years, the Colombian government battled a leftist rebel group known as the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, in a conflict that claimed 220,000 lives, displaced millions of people and hampered the economy of a country rich in natural resources and human capital.

After several failed attempts, the government and the rebels reached an agreement last week in Havana that could finally end the longest running conflict in the Western Hemisphere. Colombians will vote whether to approve the deal Oct. 2 in a nationwide plebiscite. 

In the meantime, the two sides Monday announced a formal cease-fire.

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