Colombia, FARC and the Peace Process

Flag_of_the_FARC-EPOrganized in seven regional blocks that oversee a total of about 66 fronts of varying size operating throughout Colombia, including urban terrorist cells in Colombia’s major cities and various representatives throughout the world, the FARC is Colombia’s oldest, largest, most capable, and best-equipped Marxist insurgency.

As a result of the government’s military and police operations, the strength of the FARC had been reduced to about 8,000 members in 2010 — down from 16,000 in 2001.

Since 1980, the FARC has kidnapped over 100 people and murdered 13 U.S. citizens, including three U.S. missionaries who were executed in 1999.

Some 30 policemen have been killed in FARC attacks since President Santos’s inauguration.

In December 2014, FARC negotiators in Cuba committed to a unilateral cease-fire to promote peace talks that had taken place on the communist-led island over the past two years, saying they would only fire weapons if attacked by the armed forces.

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