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The Metrics of War: Peru’s Guerrilla Conflict

The Metrics of War: Peru’s Guerrilla Conflict

IDL-Reporteros looks at the casualties suffered during Peru's guerrilla conflict in the so-called VRAEM region over a 30-year period, highlighting changing strategies, as well as successes and setbacks, in relation to the number of fallen soldiers and police. 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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  • The Metrics of War: Peru’s Guerrilla Conflict

    A helicopter shot down in 2009 in the VRAEM

    IDL-Reporteros looks at the casualties suffered during Peru's guerrilla conflict in the so-called VRAEM region over a 30-year period, highlighting changing strategies, as well as successes and setbacks, in relation to the number of fallen soldiers and police.

  • Peru Dismantles Major Precursor Chemical Trafficking Group

    Alleged Peru drug trafficker Filemon Huillcayaure

    In a double blow that's indicative of how the drug trade works in Peru's primary coca-growing region, authorities have disbanded what they say was a major crime ring dedicated to trafficking precursor chemicals and have arrested an alleged drug trafficker with ties to the Shining Path guerrillas.

  • 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.