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Colombia Military Kills Dissident FARC Commander as Peace Implementation Falters

Colombia Military Kills Dissident FARC Commander as Peace Implementation Falters

Dissidents of Colombia's FARC guerrilla group have suffered their most significant blow to date in a military operation that lead to the death of a guerrilla commander who refused to demobilize under last year's peace agreement. But while a militarized approach to fighting dissidents may yield limited results, the government's best weapon against FARC desertion remains the swift and full implementation of reintegration measures for demobilized fighters.

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As the biggest irregular army in Colombia, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - FARC) have long operated in various regions of the country in search of resources to fund their insurgency. They agreed to end their 52-year war against the government in August 2016, as part of a peace process that began in 2012. The FARC are the oldest and most important guerrilla group in the Western Hemisphere. They have long financed their political and military battle against the Colombian government through kidnapping, extortion and participating in the drug trade on various levels.

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  • Colombia Military Kills Dissident FARC Commander as Peace Implementation Falters

    Dissident FARC Commander alias Euclides Mora was killed by the Colombian military

    Dissidents of Colombia's FARC guerrilla group have suffered their most significant blow to date in a military operation that lead to the deathof a guerrilla commander who refused to demobilize under last year's peace agreement. But while a militarized approach to fighting dissidents may yield limited results, the government's best weapon against FARC desertion remains the swift and full implementation of reintegration measures for demobilized fighters.

  • Colombia's FARC Pressures Government to Comply With Peace Obligations

    A demobilized ex-FARC fighter at a concentration zone in Tolima, Colombia

    Colombia's FARC guerrilla group is putting pressure on the government to comply with promises made under last year's peace agreement at a critical moment in the implementation process, underscoring lingering concerns about the potential for dissidence among former rebel fighters.

  • US Ambassador: FARC 'Have Not Complied' With Colombia Peace Deal

    US Ambassador to Colombia Kevin Whitaker

    The US ambassador to Colombia publicly aired his country's main grievances with regard to Colombia's peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group, adding to growing pressure from the United States over the historic deal.

  • FARC Entrance to Colombia’s Political Arena Haunted by Guerrillas’ Past

    The Common Alternative Revolutionary Force

    Colombia's demobilized FARC guerrilla group recently launched a new political party, but internal divisions have left the future of the new organization uncertain. 

  • Allegations of Venezuela, Nicaragua Complicity in FARC Money Laundering Resurface

    Is a Nicaraguan company laundering money for the FARC?

    Recent testimony before the US Senate revived allegations that a Venezuela-owned company in Nicaragua may have laundered money for Colombia's demobilizing FARC guerrillas, once again raising the question of whether foreign governments may have been complicit in washing the fighters' dirty cash.

  • Drug Capos Looking for Way Out Via Colombia Peace Accords

    Drug capos are trying to exploit the FARC peace accords

    Authorities in Colombia have filtered out more than two dozen drug capos attempting to pass themselves off as FARC guerrillas in order to take advantage of judicial benefits offered to demobilizing rebels under the terms of a 2016 peace agreement. The incident is another sign of the obstacles the country's thriving drug trade poses to the peace process.

  • The FARC's Riches: Up to $580 Million in Annual Income

    The FARC may have earned up to $580 million a year

    The former rebels of what was once Latin America's oldest insurgency, the FARC, continually claimed to have barely any money. And while they did have a lot of expenses, they also have traditionally sat astride territories that generate well over $1 billion dollars in criminal revenue every year. This last installment on the FARC's riches attempts to quantify the lucrative economies they used to control -- ones that Colombia's other criminal actors now wish to possess.

  • The FARC's Riches: Millions Apparently Lost to Dissidents

    Many of the FARC's assets have been lost to deserter groups

    Formerly the Western Hemisphere's largest guerrilla organization, Colombia's FARC has compiled a full inventory of their wealth following half a century of conflict and entrenchment in criminal activities. A front-by-front breakdown offers a remarkably detailed insight into the riches amassed by certain units and, perhaps more disturbingly, how much may be in the hands of increasingly powerful criminalized breakaways. Moreover, the inventory proves that the FARC leadership lacks full control over the group's vast wealth, raising questions over possibly undeclared assets, and making the former guerrillas more vulnerable to judicial prosecution as they shape their political future.

  • The FARC's Riches: List of Assets Fails to Reveal Guerrillas' Total Wealth

    The FARC have probably left many assets undeclared

    Colombia's demobilized FARC have finally revealed their official list of assets -- worth hundreds of millions of dollars -- but the country's top prosecutor has already lambasted the "useless" inventory, which likely comes up far short in its accounting of the former guerrillas' true riches.

  • Colombia's FARC Finalize Disarmament Today. What's Next?

    The FARC will now begin reintegrating into civilian life

    August 15 is the final day of the historic disarmament of Colombia's FARC rebels, paving the way for the next crucial part of the peace process: successfully reintegrating them into society. But the former combatants are vulnerable and tensions are high. Will the government be able to prevent the deterioration of Colombia's security situation andensure that demobilized fighters do not return to crime?

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