April 30, 2000 |
In a quest for legitimacy that could mark a new phase in peace efforts, 4,000 members of Colombia's most powerful rebel army massed at San Vicente del Caguan to launch a new political party. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, also brought in hundreds of civilians from rebel-controlled areas to the ranching town in the southern demilitarized zone.
August 12, 1999 |
Russia began arming local volunteers in Dagestan on Wednesday, handing out firearms to hundreds of retired soldiers in a desperate effort to cut off a rebel incursion into the southern republic before it becomes a guerrilla war. In the central square of Dagestan's capital, Makhachkala, about 300 irregulars--wearing civilian clothes or pieces of uniforms--shouldered their weapons and boarded buses for the combat zone along the region's border with the rebel republic of Chechnya.
November 25, 2005 |
Soldiers reported the capture of a senior guerrilla commander suspected of carrying out more than a dozen kidnappings and other attacks over the last two decades. Arcesio Lamus, leader of the Bolshevik Front of the National Liberation Army, was captured during a gun battle near Villa Hermosa, about 140 miles west of Bogota, troops said. His group, known as the ELN, is the smaller of Colombia's two leftist rebel groups. No casualties were reported among government forces.
November 24, 2004 |
Army troops in southern Colombia killed the commander of an elite guerrilla unit blamed for a string of high-profile attacks and kidnappings, officials said. Humberto Valbuena, the head of the Teofilo Forero unit of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, was killed Monday in Caqueta state, an army spokeswoman said.
December 8, 2003 |
A senior Muslim guerrilla commander suspected of involvement in the 2000 kidnapping of Westerners from a Malaysian resort was captured in a clash with soldiers in the Philippines, the military said. Galib Andang, also known as Commander Robot, was arrested during a gunfight on Jolo island, according to the island's military chief, Col. Alexander Yapching.
June 11, 1989 |
Left-wing guerrillas sent letter bombs to two Greek newspaper journalists and accused them of spreading party propaganda, police said Friday. The bombs, both safely defused, were sent to Dimitris Rizos of the conservative opposition Eleftheros Typos newspaper and to Kyriakos Diakoyannis, a columnist for the pro-government Avriani daily.
July 24, 1986 |
An Eastern Airlines office and a Mercedes-Benz dealership were slightly damaged in overnight bombings by leftist guerrillas, police said Wednesday. The office of the Soviet airline, Aeroflot, escaped damage when police defused a time bomb placed outside its doors. A bomb thrown at the British-style Markham school wrecked windows of a nearby home but caused no damge to the school.
October 14, 2002 |
Philippine troops scoured dense jungles in pursuit of Muslim rebels, including one group that nearly wiped out a marine platoon a day earlier. Soldiers backed by helicopters searched the southern island of Jolo after Saturday's ambush, in which 11 marines were killed. Troops also attacked a guerrilla training camp in Lanao del Sur province in the south. At least 20 guerrillas have been killed, officials said.
May 18, 1991 |
About 350 Libyan guerrillas trained by the United States to fight dictator Moammar Kadafi have been transported to undisclosed locations in America to be resettled at government expense, American officials said. The decision to accept the soldiers of the self-styled Libya National Army as refugees ended a six-month odyssey for the troops who once served in Kadafi's force that invaded Chad, Libya's southern neighbor. The Office of the U.N.