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A Glimpse into the Tactics of Peru's Shining Path Guerrillas

A Glimpse into the Tactics of Peru's Shining Path Guerrillas

A tactical manual attributed to Peru's Shining Path guerrilla group sets out tighter security protocols and calls for targeted attacks on their critics, in what is likely an effort to prevent government forces taking out more of the group's leaders, following recent losses. Read More

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The Shining Path is an insurgent group in Peru that has declined in recent years, although one faction remains dedicated to drug trafficking activities and extortion.

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  • A Glimpse into the Tactics of Peru's Shining Path Guerrillas

    Peru's Shining Path guerrilla group

    A tactical manual attributed to Peru's Shining Path guerrilla group sets out tighter security protocols and calls for targeted attacks on their critics, in what is likely an effort to prevent government forces taking out more of the group's leaders, following recent losses.

  • 24-Hour Turnaround to Rebuild Peru's Narco-Airstrips

    Airstrip destroyed  by Peruvian security forces

    With the help of locals, drug trafficking groups in Peru's VRAEM have rebuilt more than a quarter of the clandestine airstrips destroyed by security forces in 2014, indicating that new strategies are needed to combat drug flights from the remote region.

  • Peru's Shining Path Rebels Video Shows New Blood, Weapons

    Peru's Shining Path rebel movement has released a video showing its fighters, several very young, parading with an impressive arsenal, as the group seeks to show it is still a force to be reckoned with.

  • US Indicts Shining Path Rebels as Drug War Focus Shifts to Peru

    Alias "Raul" with security team. Source: Caretas

    A US indictment against commanders of Peru's Shining Path guerrilla group is a boost to the Peruvian security forces' campaign for increased US support against the insurgency. However, the charges are unlikely to result in rebel leaders standing trial in the US, and could even prove counter-productive for efforts to uproot both the rebels and Peru's drug trade.

  • Peru On Target for Coca Eradication, But Only Where Shining Path is Absent

    Government figures show Peru is on track to meet its 2014 coca eradication goals, but the authorities' focus on central areas at the expense of the VRAEM region betrays ongoing concerns about the abilities of the Shining Path guerrillas to disrupt efforts.

  • The Govt Response in Peru VRAEM: Patience or Negligence?

    According to the UNODC, the number of hectares of coca cultivated in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia has decreased. Somebody should tell that to the drug traffickers in Peru's VRAEM region, where aerial drug transit continues at a feverish pace with little state ability or action to stop it.

  • Peru's VRAEM Region: The Home of Miss Coca

    Peru has become the biggest cocaine producer and exporter in the world. In the main cultivation region, farmers make their living selling coca leaf with no questions asked. Those in power are accused of collaborating with criminals and the last stronghold of the Shining Path is caught between terrorism and drug trafficking. This is how the first link in the drug chain operates. 

  • Peru Halts Forced Coca Eradication Plans in Face of Shining Path Threat

    Peru has slashed its coca eradication goal in the country's main coca growing region and backed away from plans for forced eradication, confirming a dramatic policy u-turn it says is in response to the threat posed by the Shining Path guerrillas.

  • Drug Trafficking, Terrorism, and Civilian Self-Defense in Peru

    Peru is poised to become the focal point of global efforts to combat the production and transportation of illegal narcotics in South America. Between 2006 and 2011, US agencies provided $5.2 billion in counternarcotics support to the Andean region of South America to curb the annual flow of hundreds of metric tons of cocaine. Although Colombia received 76 percent of this funding, Peru is now the world's largest producer of coca leaves and is rapidly expanding domestic cocaine production. In June 2012, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala gave the inaugural speech at the International Anti-Drug Conference in Lima. He assured members from more than 70 delegations that Peru is committed to a global effort to reduce the production, transport, and consumption of illegal narcotics. At the conference, the European Union pledged 34 million euros to help implement Peru's 2012-2016 Anti-Drug Strategy. Since his election in 2011, President Humala has strengthened Peru's ties with the Barack Obama administration and in the coming year the United States will almost double its support for Peruvian counternarcotics and development efforts with a $100 million contribution.

  • False Shining Path Claims Underline Problems Within Peru Media

    A an investigative media outlet in Peru has exposed a Peruvian newspaper for publishing false information regarding ties between the Shining Path rebel group and its political wing, Movadef, raising questions over whether it was carelessness or willful omission behind the newspaper's oversight.