Farc's leader, Alfonso Cano, killed in Colombia

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I did a search but nothing came up. Anyway, enjoy the news!

The leader of Colombia's left wing Farc rebel group, Alfonso Cano, has been killed in a military raid, President Juan Manuel Santos has confirmed.

He called it the most devastating blow to the group in its decades-long insurgency and urged it to disband. Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said Cano was killed in an operation in mountains in Colombia's south-west. Security forces have killed a number of Farc commanders and arrested many others in recent years. Giving details of the operation, Mr Pinzon said government forces first bombed a Farc jungle camp in Cauca state. Troops were then lowered from helicopters to search the area and killed Cano and several other Farc (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) members in a gun battle.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-15604456

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has travelled to the camp where Farc rebel leader Alfonso Cano was killed.

Cano was shot dead on Friday during a battle with security forces in the western province of Cauca. Military officials say operations against the guerrillas are continuing, with 17 helicopters patrolling the area around the camp. President Santos said the death of Cano was the greatest blow against the Farc in its 47-year history.

Speaking at army headquarters in Popayan, the capital of Cauca province, President Santos said the operation to kill Alfonso Cano had been long in the planning. "We gathered intelligence from a number of sources," he said on Saturday. "And with the collaboration of people within the Farc, our armed forces slowly planned the operation they carried out yesterday."

He said news of the death of Alfonso Cano, whose real name was Guillermo Leon Saenz, would change Colombia's history for the better. But he warned the armed forces not to feel triumphalist, but to persevere in their battle against the rebel group. President Santos also said the choices faced by rebels was to demobilise, go to jail, or face an early grave. Mr Santos ruled out negotiations unless the Farc sent a clear signal it was willing to give up terrorism for good.

On Friday morning, the Colombian Air Force started bombing the camp where Alfonso Cano was believed to be hiding. Later that day, special operations forces moved in.
They found items belonging to Cano, as well as computers, memory sticks, hard discs and $100,000 in cash.

They surrounded Cano and his men and, according to Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon, killed him in the firefight which ensued. The defence ministry released pictures of the dead leader, with his trademark bushy beard shaved off. President Santos said operations to catch Cano's supporters in the region were continuing. He said the army had also delivered a severe blow to Farc rebels in eastern Meta province, where they had killed eight guerrillas and seized two tonnes of explosives.

Security forces have killed a number of Farc commanders and arrested many others in recent years. In September 2010, Mono Jojoy, another top Farc commander, was killed in a bombing raid. The military has been able to expand its operations against the rebels with the help of the US, which has provided billions of dollars in funding, training and intelligence-sharing. The Farc is on US and European lists of terrorist organisations. Colombia's civil conflict has lasted more than four decades, drawing in left-wing rebels and right-wing paramilitaries.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-15608811
 

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The FARC is on the ropes. The Colombians have done a good job against that insurgency. I worked with the unit that carried out the raid. Good group of guys.
 

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The FARC is on the ropes. The Colombians have done a good job against that insurgency. I worked with the unit that carried out the raid. Good group of guys.

I worked for the ACCE and enjoyed it.

My biggest concern is that we will reduce aid/support; the Colombians are doing the heavy hitting, but technical support is invaluable.
 
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