Two Colombians sought for extradition by the United States on charges of trafficking synthetic drugs and who, according to the authorities, led an organization with ties in Central America and China, were arrested in Colombia, the police announced on January 28.
Technical teams from Central American countries met in Honduras on January 30 with experts from other countries and international organizations in order to promote the execution of joint plans for regional security.
A team of experts from the training academy of the Carabineros, Chile’s national police force, arrived in Honduras on January 29 to assist in developing a diagnostic study of the police, elements of which are suspected of participating in organized crime, official sources confirmed.
The defense ministers of Chile, Andrés Allamand, and Ecuador, Javier Ponce, reviewed the military cooperation agreements in effect between the two countries and signed a memorandum for the peace missions in Haiti, the Ecuadorean Government announced on 27 January.
U.S. anti-drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, reiterated his country’s commitment to reducing narcotics use, at a January 25 meeting with the ambassadors of seven Central American countries.
In an operation targeting the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the “Los Comba” criminal gang, Colombian police arrested 24 individuals and seized weapons and armored vehicles, according to a press release issued by the South American country’s Defense Ministry.
Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner highlighted the work of her country’s Defense Ministry and Army “to overcome the difficult situation” arising from the ashes spewed by the Puyehue volcano in the Andes mountain range.
Dominican drug enforcement authorities set a record for annual cocaine seizures by seizing more than 8,000 kilograms of the white powder last year — reflecting a determination by the government of President Leonél Fernandez to fight drug trafficking in the country.
Industria Militar de Colombia (INDUMIL) and the University of the Andes have developed the first dual mine detector based on Colombian technology, which will enable the Armed Forces to locate mines manufactured with metal and improvised explosive devices planted by terrorist groups.
Seven Chilean Navy yachts are competing in the South American country’s most important nautical event, the 2012 VTR Chiloé Regatta, which includes 60 vessels and more than 500 crew members from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Spain, the United States, and Uruguay, in addition to the host country.
Sasha served the Colombian National Army for most of her life; she was one more soldier fighting on the frontlines against the South American country’s terrorist groups. She was trained in explosive and anti-personnel mine detection since the beginning of her military career.
Colombia and Peru have committed to implementing a plan to fight criminal organizations along their shared border, the defense ministers of the two countries, meeting in Bogotá, announced on January 25.
Colombia will invite the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) to participate in the debate over an administration initiative to expand the scope of military justice in the country, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón announced on January 25.
Venezuela deported three alleged drug traffickers, sought by Interpol and the authorities of Canada, Colombia, and the United States, to those countries on January 24, Interior and Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami announced.
On January 24, Guatemalan President Otto Pérez created two police forces to combat and prevent kidnappings and the murder of women, as part of an “iron fist” anti-crime plan he announced during the election campaign.
On January 25, the communist guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), revealed the names of one member of the military and two police officers whom it promised to release in the near future.
Al-Qaeda's regular sources of funding seem to be disappearing after the death of Osama bin Laden and the Arab Spring revolutions.
Just one month after assuming command of 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern (AFSOUTH), Lieutenant General Robin Rand visited Miami, Florida, to meet face to face with his counterparts in the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM).
A program geared to the reduction of malaria incidence and mortality was launched on January 20 in Manaus, Brazil, by the United States Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
In 2010, the Brazilian Navy participated in the Joint Warrior 101 exercise off the coast of Scotland, at the Royal Navy’s invitation. The frigate Independência (Amazon class) had an embarked air detachment equipped with a Super Lynx multi-mission helicopter belonging to the 1st Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter Squadron, headquartered at the São Pedro da Aldeia Naval Air Base in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in the Brazilian southeast.
Tinted in shades of green, gold, and blue, like a classic Caribbean postcard, St. Kitts and Nevis captivates thousands of tourists from all over the world.
Violence shot up in Guatemala during the recently concluded administration of Álvaro Colom, with more than 24,000 homicides during his four-year term, the highest figure in the last three administrations, according to a report released by a humanitarian organization on January 23.
State-run oil giant Petrobras announced on January 23 that top executive Maria das Graças Silva Foster, a protégé of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, soon would take over as the company’s first female chief executive.
A total of 1,765 kg of high-quality marijuana belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was seized at a brickmaking firm in the department of Valle del Cauca, the country’s National Police announced on January 22.
On January 20, Bolivia and the United States signed their first anti-drug cooperation agreement after more than three years of diplomatic distancing that brought bilateral relations to their lowest level ever.
As part of the Southern Partnership Station mission being implemented by the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), the high-speed vessel Swift 2 arrived in Peru on January 19.
The Peruvian government has enacted a law that prohibits granting judicial permission for travel abroad to individuals sentenced for terrorism offenses and on parole, according to a report in the official gazette.
The Chilean Marines are negotiating the acquisition of 12 AAV-7 tracked armored amphibious vehicles from U.S. Marine surplus stocks. This potential acquisition is part of the expansion of capabilities associated with the recent incorporation of the amphibious assault ship Sargento Aldea, acquired from the French Navy.
On January 17, the U.S. Treasury Department included Marllory Dadiana Chacón, the leader of a Guatemalan gang linked to Mexican cartels, on its list of individuals considered drug traffickers and subject to sanctions, the department announced in a statement.
U.S. experts will join advisers from Chile and Colombia who are in Honduras designing strategies for the fight against organized crime, which has made that Central American country one of the world’s most violent, the Honduran government announced on January 19.
The Colombian government has submitted a new request to Venezuela for the extradition of Guillermo Enrique Torres, alias ‘Juan Conrado,’ known as the ‘singer-songwriter’ of the communist guerrilla group FARC, Colombian authorities confirmed on January 19.
In most countries, a communist insurgency that’s survived nearly half a century would constitute a vexing national security threat. But Colombia’s ELN guerrillas have always been something of an afterthought.
Brazil’s Antarctic Program, Proantar, has just turned 30 — prompting Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim to fly down to the Navy’s remote Comandante Ferraz Station to celebrate.
Two U.S. surveillance planes are supporting Peru’s campaign against drug trafficking and remnants of a Maoist guerrilla group, Peru’s Defense Minister disclosed on January 18.
Four Paraguayan citizens together with four Uruguayans were arrested in Uruguay as part of an operation investigating the provision of marijuana to the local market, the Uruguayan Interior Ministry announced on January 18.
On January 18, Panamanian authorities incinerated around five tons of drugs, mainly cocaine, seized in Panama in recent weeks, an AFP reporter confirmed.
Colombian national Luis Fernando Otálvaro, alias “El Matemático” [The Mathematician], who is accused of introducing around 60 tons of cocaine into the United States, was arrested at an airport in the city of Medellín, the Colombian police announced.
The gunshots that killed Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino outside a church in Cali, Colombia, on Mar. 16, 2002, echoed around the world. Swift condemnation followed, including harsh words from Pope John Paul II.
On January 16, Guatemala’s new president, Otto Pérez, offered the Army more equipment and technology, during an official ceremony to mark his inauguration as commander-in-chief of the Guatemalan Armed Forces.
Speaking in Brasilia, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón reaffirmed the military fight against the FARC, in response to the truce proposed by a Colombian civilian group on January 17, and dismissed the possibility of international help in a potential release of hostages held by that guerrilla group.
On January 17, Mexican authorities announced the seizure of almost 195 tons of a chemical substance needed to manufacture synthetic drugs, in a shipment coming from China and destined for Guatemala and Nicaragua.
At a meeting held in the city of Brasilia on January 17, Colombian and Brazilian defense ministers Juan Carlos Pinzón and Celso Amorim, respectively, announced the expansion of military and defense cooperation between the two countries. The ministers’ intention is to present a joint plan to combat cross-border crime, especially along the Amazonian border, through the creation of an integrated system for regional information exchange.
“We are past the point where we think the military has no business in law enforcement. This is the military’s business,” stated Jamaica’s Chief of Defence during the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) 2011.
In order to finance security at its airports and other border posts, both maritime and on land, Honduras will collect a new tax from travelers who enter and leave the Central American country, with proceeds of approximately 270 million dollars over ten years in the case of the air terminals alone.
Bolivian Deputy Social Defense Minister Felipe Cáceres announced on January 16 that the country will seal a trilateral agreement with the United States and Brazil to carry out a pilot project to control excess coca crops.
The Brazilian firm Embraer hopes to sell its Super Tucano light military aircraft to more North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries, after obtaining a U.S. order that has put it in the big leagues among defense contractors, a high-ranking executive of the firm said.
On January 15, Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina urged his country’s Army to coordinate actions with the security forces in order to neutralize organized-crime and drug-trafficking groups.
A Colombian judge sentenced four leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group in absentia to 25 years in prison, including the group’s top-ranking leader, Timoleón Jiménez (Timochenko), for the murder of the archbishop of Cali, Isaías Duarte, almost a decade ago, that country’s Public Prosecutor’s Office announced.
On January 15, more than 2,000 Bolivian military and police personnel began work on the eradication of excess coca in several regions of the country, with special emphasis on ecological reserves
A rural school in Puerto San José, Guatemala, hosted a recognition ceremony to honor the Seabees, U.S. Marines and Guatemalan Military construction specialists on January 11.
Guatemala has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), suspended for 15 years, the head of the Vienna-based organization said on January 13.
Colombia’s oldest left-wing insurgency, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), has no intention of going quietly — despite a series of setbacks capped by the death of its supreme commander and difficulty recruiting new members.
The Los Zetas drug cartel has for years collaborated with a Lebanese man who has ties to the militant Middle East Shiite group Hezbollah, according to U.S. federal authorities.
The French Navy has seized over 1.2 tons of cocaine and arrested seven people aboard two boats after a six-day chase ending in the Caribbean, the local military said.
Colombian and Ecuadorean defense ministers Juan Carlos Pinzón and Javier Ponce, respectively, reviewed security along their shared border at a meeting held from January 12 to 13 in the Colombian town of Villa de Leyva, the ministry in Bogotá announced.
The reputation of the Netherlands as the go-to country for a legal joint will begin to vanish like a puff of smoke as sales to foreigners of cannabis and hashish in coffee shops are banned.
The Brazilian Ministry of Defense and the United Nations Agency for Women (UN Women) have signed a letter of intent with the objective of expanding the female presence in peace operations.
A submersible belonging to Colombian drug traffickers was located by the Ecuadorean Navy off the Pacific coast, the Military announced on January 10.
The Brazilian Navy’s Naval Engineering Directorate has signed a contractual addendum with the Brazilian shipbuilder EISA for the construction of another 500-ton Macaé-class patrol boat.
Peru replaced its anti-drug chief, a lawyer who had criticized the coca eradication programs financed by the United States, a few days after President Ollanta Humala shuffled several officials in his cabinet.
St. Kitts and Nevis co-sponsored the 2012 Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) with the United States Southern Command, in December 2011. Diálogo had the opportunity to talk to the Caribbean country’s Defence Force commander about the biggest threats affecting the island nation, what they are doing internally to curb drug trafficking, and the importance of working alongside the U.S. toward these efforts.
The deck of the AO-52 oiler “Almirante Montt” was the scene of the final match of the Homeless Soccer championship on January 7, in which representatives of the Fundación Sede de la Familia faced off against a group from the municipality of Talagante, resulting in the victory of the latter and earning them the Chile Homeless Soccer Championship Cup.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa chaired a ceremony to mark the delivery of four speedboats, two tug boats, and an oceanographic research vessel to the Navy to reinforce maritime vigilance activities.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on January 10 rejected a call by the new FARC rebel leader to revive failed peace talks from a decade ago, and instead called on the guerrillas to take real steps toward peace.
Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille promised that 2012 would be a year of reconstruction and economic recovery in Haiti, with a growth rate of eight percent.
On January 2, a special Fast-Action Craft (FAC), designed and built by the Val-de-Cães Naval Base to operate on Itaipu Lake and the nearby rivers, which determine Brazil’s borders with Argentina and Paraguay, was delivered to the River Captaincy of the Paraná River in Brazil.
The government of the Argentine province of Chubut (in southern Argentina) thanked Chile for their firefighter support in fighting the forest fires that have consumed around 2,000 hectares in that district, Governor Martín Buzzi announced.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff plans to visit Cuba and Haiti at the end of January, on a trip intended to strengthen cooperation with Havana and expand aid to the Haitians two years after an earthquake devastated their country, official sources announced.
A U.S. State Department report has declared Central America a region free of land mines. According to the annual report To Walk the Earth in Safety, made public by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Central America is the first area of the world to be free of armaments of this kind.
At a moment of national transition, the United States is reshaping defense priorities and its military force to sustain U.S. global leadership and respond to changing security and fiscal needs, President Barack Obama said on January 5, at the Pentago
Colombia’s FARC guerrillas bid adieu to 2011 in typical — and tragic — fashion.
The Caribbean’s reputation as a world-famous vacation paradise is increasingly being sullied by a violent wave of drug smuggling, kidnapping and murder — especially in the region’s two largest English-speaking countries: Jamaica and the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Haitians seeking refuge in Brazil are being abused and cheated on their way by traffickers in neighboring Peru and Bolivia, a human rights official in the northwestern Brazilian state of Acre said January 4.
The presidents of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, and Uruguay, José Mujica, will make a visit to their countries’ bases in Antarctica between January 13 and 15, Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno announced.
The fight against drug trafficking in Afghanistan is a success thanks to the “incredible” seizures made in 2011, Carsten Jacobson, a spokesperson for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the NATO-led foreign military coalition, said at a press conference.
More than 5,600 people died violently in the Central American nation of Guatemala in 2011, a decrease from the previous year, according to National Police figures out on January 3.
Honduran Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla declared in a press conference his intention to travel to Chile with the goal of seeking advice from the Carabineros, Chile’s national police force, in order to review the Honduran police’s training processes.
A Haitian presidential commission has expressed support for restoring the Army, which was eliminated in the 1990s following several decades of coups d’états and political interference, Michel Martelly, the president of that Caribbean country, announced.
The new mayor of Bogota, formerly a gun-toting leftist rebel, underscored his break with the past by announcing a ban on carrying firearms in the violence-ridden Colombian capital.
The U.S. Air Force has acquired 20 of the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer’s Super Tucano aircraft for a program of advanced flight training, reconnaissance, and support operations, the firm announced in a statement.
Mexican authorities announced the seizure of more than 120 tons of a chemical substance needed to manufacture synthetic drugs, in a shipment coming from China and destined for Guatemala.
Honduras has asked the United States for a radar and helicopters to strengthen the fight against drug trafficking, announced General René Osorio, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces.
On October 1, 1979, Homero Luis Lajara Solá did not hesitate to predict his future. Neither the rigors of the entrance exam for the Dominican Navy nor his youthful inexperience held him back when the dentist asked him, “And what are you here for?” “I came to be the boss here,” he answered.
The start of exploration of the oil deposits along the Brazilian coast caught the attention of foreign powers. Multinational companies, supported by the governments of their countries, did not recognize the region as Brazilian territory and affirmed that the fields were in international waters. The Brazilian government, concerned about the growing threat to its sovereignty, decided to increase its vigilance, conducting patrols in the region, and threatened to attack vessels that violated its maritime territory for prospecting and exploration activities in search of natural resources.
In simultaneous incidents reported in the Colombian departments of Meta and Tolima, three FARC members fled the group’s criminal cells and voluntarily surrendered themselves at Army facilities, where they asked for protection, the Colombian Army announced on December 27.
On December 22, on the basis of the bilateral framework agreement signed in 2004, the defense ministers of Brazil, Celso Amorim, and Peru, Alberto Otárola, signed a joint declaration on cooperation in the defense sector, the primary objective of which is “to strengthen our ties of friendship and bilateral cooperation, defining the aerospace and naval sectors as joint priority areas for investment and development in the field of security and defense.”
For Panama, 2011 was a banner year in its war on drugs. In early December, the country cemented 12 months of combating smugglers and cartels by creating a bilateral commission with the United States to combat drug trafficking and money laundering.
In the last five months of 2011, Brazil’s Strategic Border Plan was responsible for capturing 115 tons of marijuana and cocaine --14 times more than in the first five months of the year.
As adversaries ramp up their fighting capabilities, military equipment that overpowers the enemy becomes more critical
Interview with U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Thomas L. Brown II, commander of Special Operations Command South
Criminals and terrorists are using new ways to launder money including cellphones, prepaid cards and the Internet
Peruvian Armed Forces focus on taking back the VRAE with a new strategy, more forces on the ground and the technology to support their efforts.
The Center for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and the Joint Training Center for Peace Operations of the Peruvian Armed Forces are cultivating a force of Soldiers with a comprehensive and practical education in human rights.
The sun beats down mercilessly; still no one thinks to dive into the green and cloudy waters of the pond at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras.
A new technology places humanitarian and disaster relief assistance close to where it is needed, before an emergency happens
Fraudulent travel documents are as important as weapons to a terrorist, and Interpol has described their use as “the biggest threat facing the world.”
From the mountains to the cities, the Colombian government is on the attack with a new security plan that is one step ahead of guerrillas, illegal armed groups and common criminals.
In May 2004, a plane crash killed 33 people in the northwest Brazilian city of Manaus
Honduran surgeons and their U.S. counterparts have worked side by side for years bringing medical assistance to the people of Comayagua, Honduras.
Banks in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina are the hardest hit in Latin America by fraud in online commerce and theft of confidential data, a practice known as phishing. The total bank losses in the region top $93 billion a year, found an investigation conducted by Proyecto Amparo, a Montevideo-based group that aims to strengthen regional capacity for prevention and response to cyber security incidents in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Relocate to Paraguay
The Government of Jamaica spent approximately $15 million during the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years to support victims and pass more legislation to combat trafficking in people.
The governments of Bolivia and Brazil agreed in October 2011 to carry out joint military operations against drug trafficking along their border of more than 3,000 kilometers.
Although Chile is not considered a major producer of illegal narcotics, it is a significant transit country for Andean cocaine shipments headed for Europe and the United States, according to the 2011 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of the U.S. Department of State.
The Brazilian Armed Forces and their regional partners are working together to stop illicit trafficking through the pristine Western Amazon region
The Marine Corps of Central American, South American and Caribbean countries unite to train for natural disasters and regional threats.
Citizens expand the reach of security forces and help keep crime away from their homes.
A conversation with Colombian General Álvaro Valencia Tovar, Korean War veteran
From the time he was a little boy, Hans Weisser dreamed of more than the ordinary life: He strived to be part of the Chilean Military
Efforts are under way to prevent illegal betting and match-fixing in sports, which has led to cases of corruption across the globe.
Drug trafficking is a major threat to the development of Guinea-Bissau and has led to a sharp increase in illicit drug use in that country.
Mexico’s Federal Police led a regional seminar in October 2011 to share its knowledge and experience in fighting organized crime.
Technology that makes tanks invisible is expected to make its debut around 2015.
China passed new anti-terrorism legislation in October 2011 that will amend current criminal laws by providing a definition of “acts of terror.”
Colombia: Land restitution amid the armed conflict
Honduras, U.S. discuss transnational organized crime in Tegucigalpa
Pacific Alliance countries Colombia, Perú and Chile combat illegal mining
Medellín security initiatives lower homicides by organized crime
Honduras protects its Atlantic and Pacific coasts from drug trafficking
Argentine security forces capture alleged high-ranking member of Italian mafia
Colombian authorities melt firearms to keep them away from the FARC and the ELN
International security, intelligence leaders share ideals, enrich partnerships
Central American police partner with the FBI to fight MS-13 and M-18 gangs
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