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  Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army - Red Wiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Operation Marquetalia was a military campaign launched by the Colombian armed forces, and advised by the U.S. military.
In December 1990 the new president of Colombia, César Gaviria Trujillo, had the Colombian armed forces attack FARC headquarters, Casa Verde, in La Uribe, which FARC felt was in bad faith.
The Bolivarian Movement for the New Colombia (Movimiento Bolivariano por la Nueva Colombia) was launched in the Spring of 2000, with the support of FARC.
www.redapollo.org /wiki/index.php/FARC   (1270 words)

 Information about the combatants
The Colombian Armed Forces estimate that the FARC gets about half its income from involvement in narcotics trafficking, an amount that is probably between $200 million and $400 million per year (estimates range from $100 million to $1 billion).
Colombia's Defense Ministry, headed by a civilian since the 1991 Constitution was ratified, includes the Army (about 180,000 members), Police (about 150,000), Air Force (about 10,000) and Navy (about 5,000).
The armed forces have improved their battlefield performance since suffering embarrasing defeats at the hands of the FARC in 1996-98.
www.ciponline.org /colombia/infocombat.htm   (2485 words)

 Colombia Country Study Hotspot Report
COLOMBIA: In continues to be one of the most underreported stories of recent times in the Western media, rebels reportedly kidnapped six people this weekend in western Colombia, while police seized a ton of explosive material from a vehicle in the southern province of Huila, a day after deactivating a large bomb.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerillas were released to a column of rebel forces in the government sanctioned FARC enclave.
It was the heaviest blow to the armed forces since a battle with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels in the country's southern jungle that left at least 60 soldiers dead in March 1998.
www.emergency.com /colbwarn.htm   (17545 words)

 Human Rights Watch World Report 2001: Colombia: Human Rights Developments
Colombia's armed forces continued to be implicated in serious human rights violations as well as support for the paramilitary groups considered responsible for at least 78 percent of the human rights violations recorded in the six months from October 1999.
Armed opposition guerrillas also committed abuses, and were considered responsible for 20 percent of the killings of civilians recorded in the six months from October 1999.
Indeed, Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled in August that the state had failed to enforce the law and was in violation of its duties.
www.hrw.org /wr2k1/americas/colombia.html   (2173 words)

 Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
Established in 1964 as the military wing of the Colombian Communist Party, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia is Colombia's oldest, largest, most capable, and best-equipped Marxist insurgency.
Bombings, murder, kidnapping, extortion, hijacking, as well as guerrilla and conventional military action against Colombian political, military, and economic targets, and attacks on those considered a threat to the movement.
Approximately 9,000 to 12,000 armed combatants and an unknown number of supporters, mostly in rural areas.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/fa/FARC.html   (341 words)

 Testimony of Carlos Alberto Ploter, Former Political Commander, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), hearing ...
The original revolutionary conception, according to which it is for the population to seek and move forward the necessary changes to achieve a better society is all but forgotten.
I surrendered myself to the constitutional forces, in particular to the National Police, which I think is that institution entrusted with the task of protecting the rights of the citizens and one that over these 10 yeas I have been confronting Government forces has shown seriousness and commitment.
What is needed then is that all combatants and members of revolutionary groups put into practice their revolutionary ideary: the revolution is made with ideas, not with arms.
www.ciponline.org /colombia/040617plot.htm   (1072 words)

 Amnesty International - Colombia: Breaking down the wall of silence
The frustration of Colombian society at the failure of the peace negotiations and at the worsening of the conflict is understandable, as are its repeated calls for protection in the face of the violent action of armed groups - which have never been heeded.
And undoubtedly, Colombia is facing an extremely difficult situation due to the action of armed groups refusing to respect international humanitarian law and to acknowledge the right of the civilian population to stay out of the hostilities.
However, we are dismayed to see that many of the measures adopted to guarantee greater security are not aimed at illegal armed groups, but rather at the majority of Colombians, whose rights are restricted and whose security against abuses of power and arbitrary actions is undermined.
web.amnesty.org /web/content.nsf/pages/gbr_colombia   (338 words)

 Colombia Support Network: Human Rights for Colombia
Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and right-wing paramilitaries from the
The Marxist-inspired Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and
arms and the illegal drugs that are financing the country's 38-year war.
www.colombiasupport.net /antioquia.html   (825 words)

 Washington Targets Colombia's Rebels
When the $1.3 billion Plan Colombia and the $625 million Andean Regional Initiative aid packages, which can now be used against Colombia's illegal armed groups, are taken into account, the amount of counterterrorism aid going to Colombia totals more than $2 billion over a three year period.
This right-wing paramilitary force consists of 10,000 fighters who are responsible for 75 percent of Colombia's human rights abuses, including a huge majority of the country's massacres.
The strong ties between the Colombian Armed Forces and the paramilitaries have helped preserve a corrupt social, political and economic system in Colombia that is closely aligned to U.S. political and economic interests in the region.
www.colombiajournal.org /colombia124.htm   (894 words)

 Terrorism - Colombia
While Colombia is a formal democracy, its society is beset with violence and corruption fueled by the drug trade.
Colombia is the third largest recipient of U.S. military aid, and that aid is only estimated to increase in the short term, even though such efforts have been met with mixed results.
Continuing to supply Colombia with arms is likely to create a stockpile that could be used in the future to destabilize the government or violate human rights.
www.cdi.org /terrorism/colombia.cfm   (1075 words)

 TNI Publications
Armed peasants, who would later form the FARC, began a process known as "armed colonization." The insurgents developed their most important base of support through this process and were able to consolidate control over several strategic geographic areas.
Paramilitary groups have used the guerrillas' military strength in southern Colombia to justify the characterization of the entire area as a war zone, and to target the civilian population, many of whom are dependent on coca crops, as military targets.
The armed forces' participation in counternarcotics operations is aimed at penetrating one of the areas of both coca cultivation and greatest guerrilla influence: the southern states of Caquetá;, Guaviare, and Putumayo, and the Macarena Mountain in Meta.
www.tni.org /archives/vargas/farc.htm   (5716 words)

 *COLOMBIA INFOinBRIEF   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The Colombian government is scheduled to reconvene preliminary peace negotiations with Colombia's largest insurgent group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), on July 7, 1999.
The armed men used all-terrain vehicles to spread the violence in the highly populated and poor neighborhoods of Las Granjas and La Esperanza.
Soldiers and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) clashed Wednesday in several regions of Colombia as reports surfaced that guerrillas killed three residents and kidnapped a dozen more from a remote rural village.
colhrnet.igc.org /infobrief/ib199906.htm   (4844 words)

Formed in 1997, the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) like to trace their roots back to legal local self-defense groups formed under legislation passed in 1968, which allowed citizens to be used by the government to restore normality.
Location/Areas of Operation: AUC forces are strongest in the north and northwest: Antioquia, Cordoba, Sucre, Bolivar, Atlantico, and Magdalena Departments.
Colombia's second-largest crude oil pipeline, the Cano Limon, was attacked 152 times in 2000--a record--which the army blames mostly on the ELN.
www.emergency.com /2002/colombia_profiles.htm   (2717 words)

 Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
Colombia with some activities—extortion, kidnapping, logistics, and R&R—in Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador.
A trial is currently underway in Bogota to determine whether three members of the Irish Republican Army—arrested in Colombia in 2001 upon exiting the FARC-controlled demilitarized zone (despeje)—provided advanced explosives training to the FARC.
The FARC and the Colombian National Liberation Army (ELN) often use the border area for crossborder incursions and use Venezuelan territory near the border as a safehaven.
www.fas.org /irp/world/para/farc.htm   (378 words)

 Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Armed attacks against Colombian political and military targets.
Approximately 7,000 armed combatants and an unknown number of supporters, mostly in rural areas.
Colombia, with occasional operations in Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador.
www.terrorism.net /pubs/tpw/1996/9642.asp   (101 words)

 Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia–Ejército del Pueblo or FARC-EP (Spanish for "Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia–People's Army") is Colombia's oldest and largest guerrilla group, established in 1964-1966 as the military wing of the Colombian Communist Party.
One observer controversially noted that, on average, they would appear to be "better armed, equipped, and trained than the Colombian armed forces." Other observers would dispute the current applicability of this assessment in the face of increased U.S. aid and training to the Colombia state and its military.
Government military forces would not have to leave the area but to concentrate in their available garrisons, in a similar move to that agreed by the Ernesto Samper Pizano administration (1994-1998) which allowed the rebel group to free some captured police and military.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Revolutionary_Armed_Forces_of_Colombia   (5566 words)

 terrorismfiles.org : Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
Established in 1964 as the military wing of the Colombian Communist Party, the FARC is Colombia's oldest, largest, most capable, and best-equipped Marxist insurgency.
The FARC is governed by a secretariat, led by septuagenarian Manuel Marulanda, a.k.a.
Colombia with some activities--extortion, kidnapping, logistics, and RandR--in Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador.
www.terrorismfiles.org /organisations/revolutionary_armed_forces_colombia.html   (223 words)

 Military.com Resources
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is a well-equipped and organized Marxist guerilla group that carries out attacks against political and military targets inside Columbia.
The group raises money for its cause through for-profit kidnappings, bank robberies, and extortion, but it is through the drug trade where the group earns the lion's share of its profits.
The group controls a Switzerland-sized region in southeast Colombia ceded to it in 1998 by the government to induce peace negotiations.
www.military.com /Resources/ResourceFileView?file=FARC-Organization.htm   (206 words)

 Terrorism - In the Spotlight: Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
The origins of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) can be traced back to a period in Colombia known as La Violencia (1948-1958) or "The Violence" which was sparked by the assassination of George Eliecer Gaitan, a presidential candidate and progressive liberal leader who fought for the rights of the landless masses.
The most recent evidence of foreign presence in Colombia was the arrest of three suspected IRA members in August 2001.
Colombian sources claim that the nature of the war in Colombia has greatly changed since mid 2001, as the FARC has used techniques unique to the IRA, including highly sophisticated car bombs and the use of long-range mortars.
www.cdi.org /terrorism/farc.cfm   (1156 words)

 Online NewsHour: Colombia's Civil War: FARC
The FARC, with some 17,500 members, is active throughout Colombia and headquartered in the south of the country, where it largely governed a region about the size of Switzerland for over 40 years.
During a hard-line military dictatorship, dissident members of the Liberal and Communist parties left mainstream politics to establish their own communist and agrarian "independent republics." The largest cooperative, which had 1,000 members, was located in Marquetalia, a rural municipality high in the Andean plains.
Unlike the ELN, the FARC was not directly inspired by the Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro or the Soviet Union.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/latin_america/colombia/players_farc.html   (1348 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Colombia's most powerful rebels
Most of Colombia's 3,000-odd kidnappings every year are carried out by the FARC rebel group, who use the ransoms to fund their long-running war on the state.
The group's roots can be found in the Liberal guerrilla bands of La Violencia, a civil war between the Liberal and Conservative parties that raged from 1948 until 1958, which became disillusioned with the leadership of the Liberal Party and turned to communism.
The territory was revoked last year by a new government under President Alvaro Uribe, who cancelled the peace talks after FARC rebels hijacked an airliner, forced it to land on a rural road and kidnapped a Colombian senator who was aboard.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/americas/1746777.stm   (565 words)

 A Terrorist Regime Waits In The Wings [re:Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), flush with a fortune in drug money and rested after three years of peace talks, is fighting a fierce battle against Colombia's democratic government and threatens to install its own totalitarian, anti-Western regime.
Its national police force has earned a hard-fought reputation as one of the most professional in the world, and received strong U.S. support (even some from Dodd, in whose state the Colombian police's Blackhawk helicopters are built) in the fight against drug trafficking.
The pro-narcoguerrilla National Colombia Mobilization is part of the A.N.S.W.E.R. pro-terrorist march to be held in Washington DC on April 20th - Hitler's Birthday.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/news/640527/posts   (2208 words)

 Reality of Colombia's FARC Coming to Light - Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - Brief Article Insight on the News ...
The catalyst for a wider appreciation of the atavistic nature of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) came from an unlikely source -- the Irish Republican Army (IRA).
The recent arrests in Colombia of three IRA hands -- they had been sent to teach members of FARC urban-bombing techniques, the one terror tactic that FARC is not expert in -- stunned even longtime apologists for the Colombian guerrilla movement, shaking confidence in the peace negotiations in which both guerrilla forces are involved.
And it has remained the chief force behind the cruel kidnappings for ransom that have plagued the Andean nation for years -- often purchasing kidnap victims for resale from petty criminal gangs, say human-rights groups.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1571/is_36_17/ai_78790461   (875 words)

 FARC Colombia/ Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), pp 85-86.
The Colombian armed forces are changing their strategy against the FARC guerrillas.
Hunter, Thomas B. The Organization and Leadership of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
www.au.af.mil /au/aul/bibs/tergps/tgrec.htm   (1373 words)

 Workers World June 1, 2000: U.S. fans war flames in Colombia
Kidnapping and extortion by criminal gangs and bandits are widespread in Colombia.
The revolutionary insurgency has been able to show the Colombian people and the world that they are the ones most interested in a just peace, and that they have a program to carry it out.
The insurgency has announced the "Bolivarian Movement for a New Colombia," a political arm that will take part in the mass struggle in Colombia--although in a clandestine way until there are sufficient guarantees for the movement's safety.
www.workers.org /ww/2000/colombia0601.php   (1249 words)

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