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Colombia extradites guerrilla fighter to U.S. where he is wanted on terrorism charges

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 26: A man is taken away in handcuffs after failing a sobriety test at a sobriety checkpoint December 26, 2004 in San Francisco, California. The California Highway Patrol reported a total of 1,481  driving under the influence arrests since the December 17 the start of the AVOID regional campaign against drunken driving. AVOID, a regional force of 125 police departments in the San Francisco Bay Area, runs its annual ANTI-DUI campaign from December 17 through January 2.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 26: A man is taken away in handcuffs after failing a sobriety test at a sobriety checkpoint December 26, 2004 in San Francisco, California. The California Highway Patrol reported a total of 1,481 driving under the influence arrests since the December 17 the start of the AVOID regional campaign against drunken driving. AVOID, a regional force of 125 police departments in the San Francisco Bay Area, runs its annual ANTI-DUI campaign from December 17 through January 2. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)  (2004 Getty Images)

An accused member of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia has been extradited to the United States to face charges of hostage-taking and terrorism targeting Americans.

Navarrete Beltrán appeared Friday in U.S. District Court and could face life in prison if convicted.

FARC is Colombia's main rebel movement. Last month a FARC commander, Alexander Beltrán Herrera, was sentenced to a 27-year prison term, 2 1/2 years after his extradition to the U.S.

The U.S. government says Navarrete Beltrán and his FARC accomplices were involved in taking three Americans hostage in Colombia more than a decade ago.

The three Americans were conducting counter-drug aerial surveillance in southern Colombia when they were forced to crash land there and were captured.

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