Peru's Humala resumes war on Shining Path to stifle cocaine boom

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LIMA, Peru — As an army captain in the early 1990s, Ollanta Humala fought the Shining Path guerrillas in the Peruvian jungle to end one of Latin America’s bloodiest civil conflicts.

Now president of the region’s fastest-growing economy, Humala is looking to finish the job, re-equipping the nation’s armed forces and police to capture holdout members of the Maoist-inspired insurgency and deal a blow to the cocaine trade that funds their activities.

The government will boost defense and counter-narcotic spending next year as it taps record tax revenues to halt a boom in the coca crop that the United Nations says now rivals Colombia’s as the world’s largest.

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