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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil has mobilized more than 4,000 soldiers to patrol its northern coast near the jungle border with French Guiana, combatting the trafficking of drugs, weapons and gold and for other crimes, which are rampant in the remote Amazon rainforest region.

Reuters accompanied soldiers armed with rifles as they navigated Amazon rivers and coastlines in boats and amphibious tanks over two days of patrols in the northern Amazon rainforest states of Pará and Amapá.

Police, environmental authorities and other government agencies are also involved in the mission, called Operation Ágata Norte.

The mission, which began on . . .

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