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Tense relations in South America after FARC rebel's death

The death of a Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia commander this week has escalated regional discord.

Columbia's Defense Ministry announced Saturday that Raúl Reyes, a senior commander of the rebel group FARC, was killed in combat on the Columbia-Ecuador borderreported the New York Times.

Venezuela has closed it's Columbian embassy and President Hugo Chavez is sending tanks and troops to the border with Columbia. Ecuador has called it's ambassador back from Coumbia's capital city Bogotá.

“This is the most important strike yet delivered against this terrorist group,? Columbian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos said to reporters at a news conference in Bogotá.