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June 30, 2010 | By Mark Magnier and Anshul Rana, Los Angeles Times
Gunmen believed to be Maoist rebels killed at least 26 paramilitary personnel on Tuesday in a roadside ambush in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh, authorities said. The gunfight, which lasted for about three hours, occurred about 3 p.m. in the state's heavily forested Bastar region as the 63-member Central Reserve Police Force patrol was returning from a "road-opening mission" in preparation for a threatened two-day rebel strike expected to start Wednesday. Maoist rebels, who control a large swath of Indian territory, often erect roadblocks in jungle areas they control, which the government tries to raze to reassert its authority.
January 5, 2014 | By Chris Kraul
VALLEDUPAR, Colombia - A Colombian law enacted in 2011 gave hope to peasant farmer Miguel Serna and hundreds of thousands of other displaced farmers like him that they would soon recover the land that rebels, right-wing paramilitaries and drug traffickers forced them to abandon during decades of armed conflict. But such hopes have begun to fade in the face of government inaction. "It's a beautiful law that gave us hope we might recover our land. But we're still in limbo and under constant threat," said Serna, who in 1997 was forced by paramilitaries to flee his small farm in El Toco township in northern Colombia, along with dozens of his neighbors As leader of the community's displaced farmers, Serna has spearheaded efforts to recover the land under the Victims and Land Restitution Law. But only four families in his group of 80 have received favorable verdicts from special government land tribunals, and none has the money to clear and farm the properties, nor do they dare reoccupy them for fear of reprisal.
August 20, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Guatemala agreed to pay former paramilitary fighters hundreds of millions of dollars -- $600 each -- for helping the army crush a rebel uprising in the 1980s. The former fighters had threatened to block roads and airports if Congress failed to give them the money. Human rights groups blame the paramilitary groups for some of Guatemala's worst war crimes, including massacres, torture and rapes. In 1999, a U.N.
September 21, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
DAMASCUS, Syria - At age 70, Ahmad Saidi took up arms after the slaying of his son, a father of five who was killed when a remote-controlled bomb blew up his car. A neighbor suspected in the attack was later overheard bragging about his "gift" for the Saidi family. "This is our homeland," Saidi, a textile merchant, said this week as he stood in camouflage pants amid the shrapnel-scarred interior of the Zubair Mosque, where even a stack of Korans had been shredded by bullets. "We will die defending it. " The defiant septuagenarian with the patrician crown of snow-white hair and matching beard is not a soldier with the Syrian army or a militant in a rebel brigade.
August 8, 2003
"Colombia on the Upswing" (editorial, Aug. 4) paints a rosy picture of trends in Colombia under President Alvaro Uribe. Unfortunately, some trends are not so rosy. The negotiation process between the government and the right-wing paramilitary terrorists has received a lot of attention lately. But it's like the boss negotiating with his employees. The paramilitary groups campaigned for Uribe's election using violence or the threat of violence. In some cities and regions with a heavy military presence, the paramilitaries are the de facto government.
July 3, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
NORTHERN IRELAND * Outlawed paramilitary groups on both sides of Northern Ireland's religious divide are raising millions of dollars a year through armed robbery, protection rackets, drug trafficking, and smuggling fuel, alcohol and cigarettes, Britain's House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said in a report. The panel said that the Irish Republican Army collects $7.
Five men and a woman were arraigned in federal court Monday on charges stemming from allegations that the group ran illegal paramilitary operations in wilderness areas in the state, including stockpiling weapons and constructing a large underground bunker in Angeles National Forest. Of the six, two were held without bail: Peter Thomas Clark, 34, of Culver City, and John Delacruz, 30, of Los Angeles.
December 26, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Suspected members of Colombia's largest paramilitary group killed two police officers and wounded another, authorities said. If that is true, the attack in southwestern Colombia would have violated a nearly 4-week-old cease-fire declared by the right-wing United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, a coalition of groups throughout Colombia. It was not immediately clear how the alleged killings would affect government plans to negotiate with paramilitary leaders.
November 25, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Colombia's largest paramilitary force has agreed to a two-month cease-fire starting Dec. 1, following secret meetings with the president's top peace envoy, sources close to the talks said. The move by the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, came after weeks of talks mediated by the Roman Catholic Church, one source said. Colombia's four-decade civil war has pitted Marxist rebels against outlawed paramilitary forces and the military.
November 22, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Two men with grenades and automatic rifles stormed a paramilitary barracks in a converted hotel in the center of Srinagar, killing two soldiers and dying themselves in the battle, officials said. Thirteen soldiers were wounded, said a spokesman for the Central Reserve Police Force, which fights Islamic militants who seek to merge the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan or win its independence.
April 21, 2013 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Syrian government security forces and paramilitaries killed dozens of people, many of them civilians, in a five-day battle for a Damascus suburb, rebel activists and a pro-opposition nongovernmental organization said Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, considered close to the opposition, said at least 80 people had been killed in the fighting in Jdeidat al Fadel, a suburb of Damascus, the capital. The British-based organization said the dead included three children, six women and 71 men, of whom 19 were fighters.
April 12, 2013 | By Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan interim President Nicolas Maduro has accused his political rivals of bringing Colombian paramilitaries into the country to commit assassinations, an assertion typical of the brief but intense campaign leading to Sunday's presidential election. Maduro, in a speech broadcast Thursday night on state-run television, said suspected paramilitaries had been detained in a series of raids. On Friday, Vice President Jorge Arreaza said authorities, taking steps to prevent attempts to destabilize the country, had arrested two Colombians dressed in Venezuelan military outfits and seized equipment used with high-caliber military rifles.
March 13, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI, India -- Suspected militants attacked a paramilitary camp on the outskirts of Srinagar in the disputed region of Kashmir on Wednesday, killing five officers before two gunmen were shot dead. At least five officers and three civilians were also wounded. The brazen attack in the largest city in the Kashmir region jointly claimed by India and Pakistan is reportedly the largest such assault in three years. According to officials and local news media reports, around 10:45 a.m., militants with grenades attacked a Central Reserve Police Force paramilitary camp before entering an adjoining public school.
October 8, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - The Mexican navy on Monday announced the capture of an alleged field commander of the Zetas crime organization whom it accuses of numerous high-profile crimes, including the possible killing of an American who disappeared while reportedly jet-skiing on a border lake two years ago. The suspect, Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, alias the Squirrel, was paraded before reporters in a televised presentation in Mexico City. Without offering evidence, navy spokesman Vice Adm. Jose Luis Vergara tied Martinez to a long string of crimes, including the 2010 execution of 72 migrants, mostly from Central America, in the northern state of Tamaulipas, as well as two prison breaks, also in the north, in which nearly 300 inmates escaped.
September 8, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan, Los Angeles Times
Police are investigating whether a twin suicide bombing at the home of a top paramilitary official that killed at least 23 people in Quetta on Wednesday is linked to the recent arrest of three top Al Qaeda operatives in the Pakistani city. Brig. Farrukh Shahzad, deputy head of the Frontier Corps paramilitary force for Baluchistan province, survived the morning attack but his wife was killed, police officials in the southern city said. More than 50 people were injured in the blasts.
July 5, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Mexican officials on Monday announced the capture of one of the country's most wanted fugitives, an army deserter who authorities say helped create the vicious Zetas gang and is suspected in the slaying of a U.S. federal agent. Mexican federal police paraded Jesus Rejon Aguilar before reporters early Monday, a day after he was caught — not in the Zetas stronghold of northeastern Mexico but barely an hour outside Mexico City. Among numerous alleged crimes, Rejon was wanted in connection with the Feb. 15 ambush death of Jaime Zapata, an agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on temporary assignment in Mexico.
February 14, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
China announced a major shake-up in the leadership of its paramilitary police, replacing the commander, a senior general linked to rebellious army elements during last year's crackdown on the democracy movement and three other top officials. The move follows reports that hundreds of military personnel were disciplined for initially refusing to use deadly force to quell pro-democracy protests.
August 29, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
At least 21 right-wing paramilitary fighters were killed in combat with the Colombian army, authorities said. No soldiers died in Friday's clash, which took place between the towns of Villanueva and Monterrey in Casanare province. "We have the bodies of 21, but our information tells us that up to 35 might have been killed," said Gen. Justo Eliseo Pena. He said some bodies might have fallen into a river.
May 13, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali, Los Angeles Times
Two bomb blasts outside a Pakistani paramilitary base killed 80 people near the city of Charsadda on Friday in what appeared to be the first major militant attack in the country since the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The Pakistani Taliban took responsibility for the bombings in a phone call to Associated Press. "We have done this to avenge the Abbottabad incident," the group told AP, while warning that it was also planning attacks on Americans living inside Pakistan.
May 13, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Twin suicide bombings Friday that killed at least 80 paramilitary recruits in northwest Pakistan, in an attack that Taliban militants said was to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. commandos, could trigger new doubts among Pakistanis about the value of Islamabad's already rocky relationship with Washington. The bombers targeted Frontier Constabulary recruits who had just completed six months of training and were boarding vans outside the training center's main gate to go on a 10-day leave, police and survivors said.
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