A former police officer from the state of Chihuahua (in northern Mexico), who became a chief hitman in the service of drug traffickers and to whom around a hundred murders are attributed, died in a shootout...
Colombian criminal gangs linked to former paramilitary groups drove a 40 percent rise in massacres in 2010, slaughtering human rights activists, public officials and civilians...
The income per hectare of Honduran farmers who benefited from a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) program almost doubled in two years...
A U.S. Navy medical team and U.S. Marine Corps engineers visited the Unidad de Salud medical clinic on the island of Zacatillo, El Salvador, to assess public health needs in support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2011...
Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim received French Foreign Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie, to whom he confirmed that there will be a delay of “some months” in the decision on a fighter-plane purchase for which the United States and Sweden are also competing...
Police, military customers taking advantage of rapidly evolving technology
The director of the Salvadoran police, Carlos Ascencio, and his Guatemalan counterpart, Jaime Otzin, agreed “to work jointly” to combat trafficking in drugs, arms, and people...
Guatemalan anti-narcotics forces have destroyed around 28.5 million poppy plants, the raw material for manufacturing heroin, in an area on the border with Mexico...
The United States on 23 February levied sanctions on more than 70 individuals and entities in six countries linked to Mexico’s notorious Sinaloa cocaine cartel.
The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has inaugurated its first aircraft final assembly plant in the United States, in which it has invested a total of fifty million dollars, the firm confirmed to AFP on 22 February.
On 18 February, Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom lifted the state of emergency he decreed in December to combat drug trafficking in the region of Alta Verapaz...
On 22 February, Chile announced the creation of a new national emergency system, five days before commemorating the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated south-central Chile on 27 February 2010...
In an effort to maximize communication with the Afghan population and to honor their customs, coalition forces are training female engagement teams to interface with local women in Parwan province.
The campaign for the second round of the Haitian presidential election and for the legislative elections scheduled for 20 March officially began on 16 February and will end in slightly over a month, on the eve of the vote.
In fulfillment of the state’s comprehensive offensive against criminal gangs, the National Police, in coordination with the Attorney-General’s Office and the Armed Forces, arrested ninety-five members of those structures during the second week of February...
Alleged Colombian guerrilla Alexander Beltrán, sought for extradition by the United States and suspected of guarding three Americans whom the FARC kidnapped and held for five years, has been arrested by the police...
The co-hosts of this year’s Caribbean Nations Security Conference, the United States Southern Command and Trinidad and Tobago, immediately set the tone for the task at hand...
Afghan National Civil Order Policemen (ANP) proudly displayed their certificates during a graduation ceremony on 17 February for the counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) awareness train-the-trainer course held at the Paktiya provincial police headquarters in Gardez City.
The Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command will have its first female contingent ready to participate in any peace-keeping mission in the world starting in the first half of 2011...
Mexico’s president says he is sending four more battalions to northern Mexico, where forces are engaged in a bloody battle with drug smugglers.
On 19 February, a thousand Peruvian military personnel began an operation to destroy twelve dredges used by informal gold miners, who are accused of polluting the rivers of an Amazonian region on the borders with Brazil and Bolivia (in southeastern Peru), the authorities announced.
In an interview published on 20 February, Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera said that the FARC’s top-ranking leader, Alfonso Cano, “is going to fall” and called on the members of that guerrilla group to demobilize.
Brazil would receive a “significant technology transfer” if it buys U.S.-made fighter jets, a U.S. Defense Department official said on 17 February, seeking to ease concerns before Brazil selects a winning bidder.
On 17 February, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff highlighted the importance of border control in the war on drugs.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos affirmed on 18 February that the military knows the location of Alfonso Cano, the top leader of the FARC guerrilla group, and dismissed the possibility that he might escape.
As Iraqi Army battalions continue to train at the Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center near Mosul, U.S. instructors adapt classes to best aid the current unit’s future operational needs.
Leftist rebels on 16 February released two hostages they had promised to free, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.
The project to build the KC-390 military cargo plane, designed by Embraer, at the Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (Fadea), in the Argentine province of Córdoba, was a highlight of the joint declaration of cooperation signed by the defense ministers of Argentina and Brazil, Arturo Puricelli and Nelson Jobim.
U.S. border patrol agents seized 87 percent more cocaine and 108 percent more heroin in fiscal year 2010 that ended on October 1 compared to the year before, a report said 16 February.
Diálogo sat down with General Fraser to discuss his perspective on language and cultural competencies in the Services.
Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said on 15 February his ministry will cut up to $2.4 billion from its budget this year, without affecting a pending multibillion dollar fighter aircraft contract.
Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom announced the cancellation of a purchase of 3,000 Israeli rifles for the local police on 14 February, following questions raised in Congress about overpricing and that they would be an “experiment,” since only around one hundred have been sold worldwide.
On 16 February, a Spanish judge decided to release an alleged FARC member detained two days earlier in Madrid on suspicion of being a “liaison” for the Colombian guerrilla group in Europe, judicial sources reported.
Joint Task Force-Bravo, the Honduran military and the Comisión Permanente de Contingencias (the Honduran equivalent of Federal Emergency Management Agency) trained together here 2 -10 February.
Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim arrived in Montevideo to meet with his Uruguayan counterpart, Luis Rosadilla, and President José Mujica, for the purpose of discussing issues related to cooperation and to UN peace-keeping missions, the ministry announced.
A submarine with the capacity to transport more than seven tons of cocaine was seized on 14 February in an estuary in a rural area of the municipality of Timbiquí, department of Cauca, on the South Pacific, by units of the Pacific Naval Force, with support from the Colombian Air Force and members of the Investigative Technical Corps (CTI).
The commander of the U.S. Southern Command, Gen. Douglas Fraser, the top officer responsible for his country’s military affairs in Latin America and the Caribbean, visited Ecuador, where he met with Defense Minister Javier Ponce and other Ecuadorean military authorities.
The U.S. government has donated thirty-four jeeps for use in the peace-keeping missions conducted by the Uruguayan contingent in Haiti. The acquisition of these jeeps is the result of more than a year of joint planning and coordination between Uruguay and the U.S. Army, and its objective is to improve the operational capability of the Uruguayan peace-keeping forces.
Colombia’s government and the Red Cross held out hope on 14 February that two hostages will be freed after Marxist FARC rebels pledged to release them but then gave false rescue coordinates.
Ecuador will open a detective training school with advice from the Chilean police, as part of a security agreement recently signed between the two countries, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa announced on 12 February.
U.S. military doctors, working with local health officials, restored the sight of 200 Hondurans during a week-long ophthalmology medical readiness training exercise in Choluteca at Hospital del Sur.
To stop the Taliban and terrorists, Afghans must have confidence in their government’s ability to deliver justice and resolve civil disputes, the commander of a “rule of law” force in Afghanistan said.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos lashed out at leftist FARC guerrillas on 10 February over the abduction of two factory workers, a day after the rebels freed the first of five hostages they promised to release.
Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera and Panamanian Public Safety Minister José Mulino agreed on 10 February to implement a binational security plan along their countries’ shared border, where, they said, there exist a variety of manifestations of transnational crime.
The heads of the Peruvian and Chilean militaries met in the Peruvian border city of Tacna to coordinate joint actions in fulfillment of the accords between the two countries’ defense ministries, the official news agency Andina reported.
On looking over an old book from what was then the Advanced Military Studies Center (CAEM), I found an interesting definition of security: “… it is a basic need of human individuals and groups and an inalienable right of man and of nations. It may be individual, community, specific, national, or collective; this scarcely reflects the great complexity and larger scope of the state’s responsibilities with regard to security … Thus, national security will perforce have to be supported by a national power harmoniously strengthened by political …, psychosocial …, economic …, and military manifestations … being therefore COMPREHENSIVE …”
Town councillor Marcos Baquero, the first of five hostages the FARC has offered to turn over this week in Colombia, was freed on 9 February, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which is in charge of the operation, announced.
The Narcotics Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office has created a special unit dedicated to dismantling emerging drug-trafficking criminal gangs in Colombia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami announced on 9 February.
Only five XM25 weapons exist today, but Soldiers lucky enough to have used them in Afghanistan are saying more are needed.
On 6 January, a massacre took place in Olancho, a region in northeastern Honduras, in which four women and an equal number of children lost their lives. Honduran Security Minister Oscar Álvarez has attributed the killings to a war between the Juticalpa and Catacamas cartels. In the same way that the repression of drug traffickers in Colombia pushed part of the illicit drug trade into Mexico, the criminals are now consolidating their positions in the drug-trafficking corridor that crosses Central America and includes Honduras. The problem is aggravated by the connection between drug traffickers and gangs. In order to learn more about this issue, Diálogo spoke with former head of the Armed Forces and former vice president Walter López Reyes.
Most of the armed forces in the Central American region, with the exception of Honduras, increased their number of military personnel during 2010.
Three kidnapped Mexicans and forty-four kidnapped Guatemalans being held in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas (in northeastern Mexico), near where seventy-two immigrants were massacred last year, were freed on 7 February, an official from the Secretariat of Defense told AFP.
United States Air Forces Southern (AFSOUTH, 12th Air Force) units in conjunction with United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Joint Inter-Agency Task Force South (JIATF-S) and the Department of State are assisting the Dominican Republic in their successful pursuit to combat illicit trafficking.
OAS initiative seeks to reduce violence across the region.
U.S. scores major victory against Colombian cartel.
Two former guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) affirmed on 8 February that they were trained in the use of explosives by members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA, the Spanish court that questioned them indicated.
Peruvian Defense Minister Jaime Thorne affirmed on 6 February that the United States will continue supporting Peru in the areas of intelligence and technological resources for the fight against drug trafficking.
The United States is seeking to unify the plans it sponsors against organized crime in Latin America, in order to achieve greater coordination and effectiveness, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield announced in Guatemala on 6 February.
Over the weekend, more than three thousand members of the Army, the Marines, and the police began an offensive aimed at arresting the leaders of criminal gangs in the service of drug traffickers in northern Colombia, a police spokesperson revealed on 6 February.
Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile join forces to protect marine life
Haitian election officials say former first lady Mirlande Manigat and popular singer Michel Martelly will face off in the presidential runoff election set for March 20.
Early on 6 February, hundreds of police and military troops occupied nine slums in central Rio de Janeiro that had been in the hands of drug traffickers, in the first such operation since November 2010.
On 7 February, Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzón said that as a condition for negotiations with the FARC guerrilla group, the government expects fewer statements, fewer words, and more actions, such as the release of all those kidnapped by the group and an end to terrorism.
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa visited the two countries’ bases in Antarctica, according to an official statement.
In order to help empower local women in Barbados, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Humanitarian Assistance Program recently donated funds for the Caribbean island’s Young Woman’s Christian Association (YWCA) through the U.S. Southern Command and the U.S. Embassy to the Caribbean.
Twenty-nine soldiers were wounded by a FARC explosive device that went off as a military patrol was passing nearby in the Colombian department of Arauca, on the border with Venezuela, a military spokesperson told AFP on 3 February.
Colombia is ready to share efforts and personnel with neighboring countries in the fight against organized crime, Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera declared on 3 February, following a meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Robert Gates.
On 3 February, the Brazilian government condemned the arrest of two Brazilian journalists in Egypt and called for the political crisis in that country to be overcome through “institutional and democratic reform,” according to an official note distributed by the foreign ministry.
Joint operation takes down group trying to sell grenade launchers to Colombian terror group
The United States has as an objective the return of Honduras to the Organization of American States (OAS) in the first half of the year, the American ambassador to that country, Hugo Llorens, declared on 1 February.
Chilean Defense Minister Andrés Allemand has designated Army Maj. Gen. Hernán Mardones as the new head of the Joint General Staff. Mardones replaces Maj. Gen. Cristián Le Dantec, who resigned on 17 January.
The defense ministers of Central America met in San Salvador on 3 February to engage in dialogue on cooperation in the regional fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on 26 January designated Lebanese narcotics trafficker Ayman Joumaa, as well as nine individuals and 19 entities connected to his drug trafficking and money laundering organization as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).
The fight against the banning of drugs (licit and illicit) is a war without quarter and not only a battle. For this reason, it is necessary and urgent to build and move forward with a common front that is more powerful in every sense.
The Guatemalan military is once again patrolling the jungles of Alta Verapaz, but its mission is very different than the one it carried out during the civil war: now it is not pursuing guerrillas, but drug traffickers, and now it is not causing fear, but relief among the population.
Costa Rica and Panama have agreed to carry out joint actions in the fight against organized crime and common criminality in the border area, both in the air and on land, the Costa Rican Security Ministry announced.
Colombia: Navy seizes more than a ton of cocaine.
Insurgents will face a more difficult spring than in previous years as Afghan and coalition forces consolidate and expand on last year’s gains.
Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division-Center, worked with Iraqi Army 9th Armored Division soldiers during M1A1 Abrams tank drivers training Jan. 15-16, at Camp Taji, Iraq.
The Uruguayan Air Force and the 902d Squadron of the U.S. Air Force will carry out a joint peacetime search-and-rescue training exercise, which will take place at the “La Carolina” air proving ground, on the banks of the Negro River, on the coasts of the department of Durazno.
Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador will form a joint force to confront organized crime, particularly the Mexican Los Zetas cartel, Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom announced in an interview published by a Mexican newspaper.
A system is in the works that will strengthen the ability of military services to contribute to civilian-led disaster response in the Western Hemisphere, a Defense Department official said on 24 January.
The pursuit of a go-fast boat on the high seas, carried out by units of the Pacific Naval Force, enabled the seizure of 1,033 kilos of highly pure cocaine and one kilogram of coca paste on the waters of the Central Pacific, off the department of El Chocó, Colombia, on 30 January.
Touring a cholera clinic on 30 January, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed the news that the wave of cholera that has killed more than 4,000 Haitians since October is receding.
The secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) concluded a 10-day trip from 10-19 January of engagement and partnership building in South America, which included visits to Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
Ecuador has activated two military detachments on its border with Colombia in order to neutralize the infiltration of guerrillas and other illegal groups from that country, the Defense Ministry announced.
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