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Train of the Plain

"El Tren de Llano" (Train of the Plain) is one of the first so-called "megabandas" or criminal gangs to develop in Venezuela. The criminal enterprise is active in...
An FBL soldier


The Bolivarian Liberation Forces (FBL) is a guerrilla group based in western Venezuela, along the border with Colombia. Unlike traditional insurgencies, the FBL...
Diego Rastrojo, arrested in Venezuela

BACRIM in Venezuela

Various criminal groups made up of former Colombian paramilitaries, known as BACRIM, are present in Venezuela, using the country to run drug trafficking...
ELN boss "Pablito" filmed in Venezuela

ELN in Venezuela

Colombian guerrilla group the ELN has used Venezuelan territory for decades, but its presence in the country has become increasingly important since 2000 as its...
Ivan Marquez with Hugo Chavez in 2007

FARC in Venezuela

Venezuela is a vital base of operations for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and three of its seven blocs (fighting divisions) have a...