July 16, 2000 |
Thirteen police officers defending a small Andean mountain town from a rebel missile attack were executed after they surrendered, Colombian officials said. The military said Saturday that 20 guerrillas died in an army counterattack, but this report could not be independently confirmed. The police officers fought all night, but their ammunition ran out after daybreak Saturday in Roncesvalles, the besieged farming and ranching town in Tolima state, southwest of Bogota, the capital.
July 3, 2002 |
The State Department's senior official for Latin America said Tuesday that the administration of Colombian President-elect Alvaro Uribe needs to move aggressively to "take the war to the guerrillas" who are trying to drive out the country's mayors and lower-court judges. Otto J.
January 9, 2004 |
Suspected leftist rebels gunned down eight peasants in a mountain village in northwestern Colombia, apparently because the villagers refused to pay a "tax" on coca leaf used to make cocaine, officials said.
April 27, 2003 |
On the eve of his second trip to the White House, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is for the first time making overtures to this country's largest rebel group. Elected nearly a year ago on a hard-line platform to fight the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish initials as the FARC, Uribe revealed last week that his government had been in written contact with a faction of the 17,000-member group.
October 26, 2003 |
Suspected guerrillas attacked an army base, ambushed police and launched other attacks across Colombia on Saturday, killing 13 people, as the nation voted in a referendum seen as a test of President Alvaro Uribe's support. Uribe, a right-winger whose tough stance against rebels has made him highly popular, has campaigned extensively for Colombians to approve the complicated 15-point referendum.
September 10, 2007 |
The Red Cross on Sunday handed to forensic experts 11 bodies believed to be the remains of Colombian lawmakers killed in rebel captivity, as authorities tried to end a bitter dispute over how the men died. The killing of the legislators underscored the plight of hostages held for years by Latin America's oldest left-wing insurgency, among them French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and three American contract workers.
March 26, 1998 |
The second-largest guerrilla force in Colombia has agreed to open peace talks with the government in June to end 34 years of fighting and sabotage of critical oil refineries and pipelines, officials confirmed Wednesday. In secret talks in Madrid, international representatives for the National Liberation Army, known by the initials ELN, signed off last month on a preparatory meeting for a national peace convention.
September 29, 2003 |
A motorcycle carrying a bomb exploded in a nightclub district in a war-torn region in southern Colombia early Sunday, killing 10 people and wounding more than 50. Military authorities blamed the 3 a.m. blast in the regional capital of Florencia on leftist guerrillas belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, the country's largest rebel group. The rebels issued no immediate statement on the attack.
November 18, 1990 |
The Colombian army is poised for a possible attack on the headquarters of the country's oldest and largest leftist guerrilla group after a week of fighting that killed about 100 people. Colombian troops are digging into a southeastern stretch of jungle after an offensive last week in which 400 soldiers captured a main camp belonging to the Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces, known by its Spanish acronym FARC.
April 6, 1991 |
The Colombian army has discovered mass graves holding the bodies of hundreds of leftist rebels apparently shot by their comrades in a gruesome system of underground justice. The 30 or so graves were discovered in a jungle region of southern Colombia where the country's biggest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, had its headquarters. The army occupied the area last December. A regional army commander said security forces had dug up at least 66 corpses.