May 25, 2008 |
The Colombian government on Saturday said it believes the founder of the nation's largest rebel group died in March of natural causes. The Ministry of Defense said in a statement that information from "various military intelligence sources" had led it to conclude that Pedro Antonio Marin, 77, founder and leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, died March 26 of a heart attack. The government provided no photos or forensic evidence of his death, which was first reported early Saturday by Semana magazine.
May 20, 2008 |
A high-ranking Colombian rebel leader has given herself up, the latest defection that suggests the government's efforts to strike at the group's leadership is succeeding. Analysts said the surrender of Nelly Avila Moreno, alias Karina, is a blow to the morale of the FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, in whose ranks she fought for 24 years, earning a reputation as a fierce, resourceful and ruthless leader.
April 4, 2008 |
The most senior Kosovo Albanian to be prosecuted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal was cleared Thursday of all counts involving the murder and torture of Serb civilians, a verdict that quickly inflamed passions across the Balkans. The decision to acquit and free Ramush Haradinaj, a former guerrilla commander and prime minister of Kosovo, was met with joy and cheers in the breakaway province, but fury in Serbia, where the credibility of the 15-year-old tribunal was immediately assailed.
March 2, 2008 |
The second-highest-ranking leader in Colombia's largest leftist guerrilla group was killed in a predawn firefight near the Ecuadorean border, the Colombian government announced Saturday morning. Luis Edgar Devia Silva, better known by his alias Raul Reyes, was found dead early Saturday in a jungle camp in Ecuador after a battle erupted between rebels and Colombian armed forces in southern Putumayo state and continued on the Ecuadorean side of the border.
February 23, 2008 |
The main rebel leader in eastern Congo said he had withdrawn from a committee set up to monitor a fragile cease-fire deal signed last month, sparking fears that a new wave of violence could sweep the region. Laurent Nkunda accused the U.N. peacekeeping force helping monitor the accord of bias after U.N. investigators said rebels massacred 30 civilians in the village of Kalonge around the time peace talks were being held in January. Rebels denied their fighters carried out the massacre.
February 22, 2008 |
Police accused a detained rebel leader from the oil-producing Niger Delta of killings, arms dealing, oil smuggling and other crimes, raising the prospect of a trial that could destabilize the area. Henry Okah was extradited from Angola to Nigeria a week ago, and uncertainty over his fate has already increased tensions in the delta, where people are impoverished despite the oil production. Anger among militants over what they see as government persecution of a man they hail as a freedom fighter risks igniting a new round of violence and derailing peace talks.
February 11, 2008 |
A renegade soldier shot and wounded East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta early today, and gunmen later fired on the prime minister's motorcade but missed. Ramos-Horta's guards killed rebel leader Alfredo Reinado, a former military police major, during the assault on the president's home. Reinado was wanted on murder charges in connection with political unrest in 2006, when he led a rebel force of several hundred deserters.
February 6, 2008 |
Hundreds of civilians have died in fierce fighting between rebels and government forces here in Chad's capital, Red Cross officials said Tuesday, as the insurgents agreed to a cease-fire. Rebel leader Mahamat Nouri, leader of the biggest of three rebel groups in a coalition, told BBC radio Tuesday afternoon that the coalition accepted a Libyan-brokered cease-fire. Nouri said he did not think that the government had accepted.
October 26, 2007 |
Colombian troops backed by warplanes have killed a top guerrilla commander at his jungle camp, authorities said Thursday. Gustavo Rueda Diaz, also known as Martin Caballero, and at least 18 other rebels were killed Wednesday when marines attacked his base near the Caribbean coast, Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos said at a news conference. Addressing rebel commanders still at large, Santos said: "I invite you to surrender or end up in jail or in the grave." U.S.
August 3, 2007 |
At the moment, the headquarters of Abdel Wahid's faction of the Sudanese Liberation Movement is a cafe in Paris. "I may be in exile, but my people know I am still with them," says Wahid, reaching into his bag and pulling out four cellphones and a chunky Thuraya satellite phone with its thumb-like antenna. "This one is for the commanders, so I can tell them what to do and what not to do. This," he said, holding up a newer Nokia, "is for civil society so we can discuss their next move.