April 7, 2002 |
Rebels have killed the kidnapped father of a Colombian boy whose plight came to symbolize the callousness of the country's insurgents, authorities said Saturday. Leftist rebels shot and killed policeman Norberto Perez and another officer, Victor Manuel Marulanda, after they apparently tried to escape, said Gen. Ernesto Gilibert, the commander of the Colombian national police.
March 24, 2002 |
The Colombian army on Saturday captured two suspected rebels accused of hijacking a jetliner to kidnap a senator on board--an incident that escalated the country's decades-long civil war. The Feb. 20 hijacking prompted the Colombian government to end three years of peace talks with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
March 8, 2002 |
Colombian guerrillas are using a new generation of complex explosives, including suspected poison gas on at least one occasion, to mount a more aggressive style of urban warfare that they hope will allow them to influence approaching elections, U.S. officials say. With training from members of the Irish Republican Army, the rebels have learned to lob gas-filled mortar shells, the officials say.
February 26, 2002 |
Just beyond the fronded huts where negotiators used to talk peace, leftist rebels had a camp ready for war. There were wooden bunks for troops scattered among the trees and a classroom where rebel instructors gave lessons on radio communications. There was even a makeshift Jiffy Lube, a wooden rack designed to raise the rebels' many stolen four-wheel-drives for oil changes.
February 24, 2002 |
As this frontier town slept Saturday morning, Pvt. Daladio Torres and 300 comrades slipped into the main square at dawn, the first soldiers to enter the former rebel capital in three years. Torres strode through the silence to a rebel flag flying at the square's edge, tore it down and threw it in the nearest waste container. "This is a disrespect to Colombia," he said. "This flag belongs in the trash."
February 23, 2002 |
Alarmed by signs of weapons traffic between Colombian rebels and the Middle East, the Bush administration is weighing a proposal to declare the destruction of leftist guerrillas in the South American country an explicit goal of U.S. policy. Some senior officials are also pushing for the administration to assert, for the first time, that the Colombian rebels are a specific target of the worldwide U.S. war on terrorism, administration officials said.