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

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

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

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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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  • Colombian Military Kills 13 Insurgents in Major Blow to FARC's Drug Operations

    The Colombian daily El Tiempo reports that elements of the Colombian Army, Police and Air Force carried out a joint operation early Monday morning, killing thirteen insurgents and capturing two more, all members of the FARC’s 48th Front.

  • 8 Insurgents Killed, FARC Control Threatened in Arauca

    A clash between government forces and FARC guerrillas near the Venezuelan border left four soldiers and eight insurgents dead, reports the Colombian daily El Diaro

  • FARC Respond to Commander's Death

    The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have released a public statement in reaction to the death of their top military commander, "Mono Jojoy," who died early Tuesday morning after a military strike.

  • Top FARC Leader 'Mono Jojoy' Dead

    In what President Juan Manuel Santos called the most important strike ever against the FARC, top military commander Jorge Briceño, alias "Mono Jojoy," died after a military operation Wednesday night.

  • Victor Julio Suarez Rojas, alias 'Mono Jojoy'

    Until his death in September 2010, Victor Julio Suarez Rojas, alias "Mono Jojoy," was the top military commander of Colombian rebel group the FARC, head of the feared Eastern Bloc and a member of the rebel's top command, the Secretariat. 

  • 37 Dead from Guerrilla Attacks in September

    September has been one of the bloodiest months on record in recent years for Colombia's armed forces with guerrilla ambushes taking the lives of 37 security forces personnel, the majority policemen, Vanguardia Liberal reported.

  • Luciano Marin Arango, alias 'Ivan Marquez'

    Luciano Marin Arango, alias "Ivan Marquez," is a member of the ruling Secretariat of the FARC guerrilla group. He is considered a radical political and ideological leader, and heads the rebels' team for peace negotiations with the Colombian government.

  • Peru President 'Troubled' by Mexican Traffickers in Peru

    In an interview with CNN in Spanish, Peruvian President Alan Garcia said he was very troubled by Mexican cartel presence in his country, EFE news agency reported. Garcia said he was willing to accept more US military aid to help him respond to reports that Mexican drug cartels, as well the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), are increasingly operating in Peruvian territory, taking advantage of Peru’s boom in coca production, which most recent United Nations data suggests is higher than that of Colombia.
  • 8 Security Forces Dead in Colombia

    El Tiempo newspaper and Reuters report that eight members of the Colombian Armed Forces were killed in attacks in various parts of the country that the authorities blamed on the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - FARC) and the Popular Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Popular - EPL). It is the worst attacks since former Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos took the presidency on August 7.
  • Alleged 'Barbie' Associate Facing Charges in Costa Rica

    In an illustration of the reach of the Beltrán Leyva Organization, an associate of Edgar Valdez Villareal, alias La Barbie, is facing trial in Costa Rica for drug trafficking, according to a report by La Nación newspaper. Walberto Salazar Cuero, alias Guavita, is the owner of a small fishing fleet. He allegedly helped Valdez move upwards of three tons of cocaine per month along the Pacific Coast. The cocaine is thought to come from the 30th Front Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - FARC) guerrilla group.

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