Chile’s first Military satellite, launched in December on a Russian Soyuz rocket, is now operational, its European builder Astrium announced on March 27.
On March 27, the government of the Brazilian state of São Paulo opened a specialized center that expects to offer help to hundreds of drug users, more than two months after the police takeover of “Crackolandia,” the giant neighborhood in the city center known for the use and trafficking of narcotics.
On March 28, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama concluded a vast operation to dismantle a network that trafficked drugs from Colombia to Mexico, resulting in 55 people arrested and around 2.3 tons of cocaine seized over the course of a year, an official source announced.
At the conclusion of a meeting in Bogotá on March 28, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón and Panamanian Public Safety Minister José Raúl Mulino agreed to reinforce their countries’ joint strategy in the fight against drug trafficking and signed an aerial interdiction agreement.
BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Panamanian security forces destroyed two camps belonging to the 57th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) i...
‘Operation Earthquake’ leads to the apprehension of three suspects, as officials look for six more.
The UNITAS 53-2012 Pacific Phase naval exercise will be held this year in the waters off the Peruvian coast and will include the participation of the Navies of the United States, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and the host country, Peru. The Naval units will begin to arrive at the port of Callao on May 12, departing on May 16 for the area where the different exercises will be held, and returning on May 26.
In the last week, the FARC Colombian terrorist group suffered its two heaviest blows in 2011, a sign of the adaptation of a Military strategy that, after wiping out its top-ranking leaders, is now also attacking its mid-level structures, although this should not affect the announced release of ten hostages, according to experts.
United States Army South and the Colombian Army concluded their third annual bilateral staff talks in Bogotá on March 22, and agreed to conduct 19 activities over the next 12 months.
Bolivian and Brazilian Military commanders met on March 26, to plan joint exercises on airspace control along the border, scheduled for June, in the context of the bilateral fight against drugs, a bulletin issued by the Brazilian embassy said.
Colombian National Navy units seized 2,522 gallons of gasoline in the course of a maritime interdiction operation in the Cabo Manglares sector, in the waters of the department of Nariño, on the country’s west coast.
Panama will continue engaging in dialogue with the remaining Central American countries in order to reach consensus on the fight against drug trafficking, although it opposes decriminalizing drugs, Foreign Minister Roberto Henríquez announced on March 26.
Colombian troops killed at least 35 suspected FARC Marxist rebels and captured three more in an Army offensive in the east-central department of Meta, President Juan Manuel Santos said on March 26.
As the presidents of three nations gathered in Guatemala for an historic summit to discuss Central America’s war on drugs, the chief of the U.S. Southern Command said the violence-prone isthmus is by far his biggest concern.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Swedish prosecutors charged eight people on March 26 suspected of belonging to a drug ring linked to a massive Caribbean cocaine...
European researchers said on March 22 they have created a device invisible to a static magnetic field that could have practical military and medical applications.
On March 25, the Colombian government declared its ready to suspend Military operations in the areas where the FARC guerrilla group will unilaterally release ten uniformed personnel whom it has in its power and whom it announced it will hand over between April 2 and April 4.
The Costa Rican police seized a shipment of 595 kilos of cocaine at Peñas Blancas, a border crossing with Nicaragua, bringing the amount of drugs seized during the last week to almost 900 kilos, the Ministry of Public Safety announced on March 25.
The Guatemalan police arrested a Guatemalan citizen who was attempting to travel to Panama with dozens of capsules in his intestine, containing a total of 47,200 dollars in cash.
A leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a Colombian guerrilla group, accused of the murder of three Americans in 1999, has been arrested on Venezuelan territory, the Colombian police announced.
Paralyzed as a consequence of the explosion of a mine in Colombia, Soldier Mario Calle found a new vocation: manufacturing wheelchairs for his comrades also wounded in combat, an activity that has also enabled him to heal psychological wounds.
The Caribbean’s escalating narco-trafficking problem could be alleviated by better treatment programs for addicts, said regional public health consultant Marcus Day. This would also reduce overcrowding in prisons, 60 to 70 percent of whose inmates are locked up for drug possession or petty drug-related crimes.
GUATEMALA CITY – Police arrested a man on March 23 who attempted to travel to Panama with US$47,200 in cash concealed in capsules hidden in his...
Government tightens regulations as Quito stock exchange and regional development bank creates rules to combat illicit financial activities.
On March 22, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General José Miguel Insulza welcomed Honduran Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales to discuss the spike of violence in the country, as a consequence of organized crime.
In Guatemala on March 24, the Central American presidents will analyze progress on the regional security plan they approved eight months ago to combat drug trafficking and how to obtain the 320 million dollars needed for its implementation, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said.
Military and police troops apprehend FARC leader sought by the U.S., during operation that killed 33 terrorists.
Colombian troops killed 24 FARC leftist rebels and captured 10 others during a gun battle in the country’s eastern Arauca province, President Juan Manuel Santos said in a Twitter message on March 21.
Ecuadorean Military and police personnel have destroyed a crop of 1,800 coca bushes, the fourth so far in 2012, official sources announced on March 20.
Representatives from Central America, the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru met in Costa Rica on March 20 to analyze effective methods for combating drug trafficking and regional protection of the region’s maritime resources.
Dutch gendarmes confiscated hundreds of kilograms of cocaine in one of the largest busts at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport in recent years, a spokesman said on March 20.
The starting of direct flights from Porto Alegre and Lisbon, Portugal, leads Brazil’s Federal Police to increase enforcement at Salgado Filho Airport.
The inaugural flight of the first Brazilian Air Force AMX A-1M modernized by Embraer will take place before the end of March. The light fighter-bomber is part of the lot of 43 units that will be converted to the A-1M model and delivered by 2017.
The United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) established the Partner Nation Liaison Officer (PNLO) Program in 1998, with the focus of establishing links with U.S. partner nations in Central and South America and the Caribbean that would serve as a conduit to foster a better understanding of mission and tactics, facilitate the ability to integrate and synchronize operations, assist in the transfer of vital information, enhance mutual trust, and develop an increased level of teamwork.
The Nicaraguan Army received new English and computer laboratories from the U.S. defense attaché, Colonel Edward M. Bonfoey, the Nicaraguan Army’s Public and Foreign Relations Directorate announced in late February.
Massive cocaine shipment was bound for Spain.
The use of ground robots in military explosive-ordinance-disposal missions already saves many lives and prevents thousands of other casualties. If the current limitations on mobility and manipulation capabilities of robots can be overcome, robots could much more effectively assist war fighters across a greater range of missions.
The expression ‘asymmetric threats’ is no more than an attempt to apply a new label to issues that can be traced back to the conflicts that have ravaged the history of humankind. These actions use non-linear methods of conflict, often with simple techniques, emphasizing the strategic and psychological levels and with high ideological appeal.
When a leaf falls in the jungle, the eagle sees it, the serpent senses it, and the tiger smells it. The Iwia soldier sees, senses, and smells it…
BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Colombian police said on March 17 they nabbed José Samir Rentería, wanted by the United States as an alleged pioneer in the use of...
Four suspects who were detained aboard go-fast boat in Caribbean Sea have been placed in the custody of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Agrale Marruá AM20 military vehicle is the base for the advanced anti-aircraft artillery control system developed for the Brazilian Army by OrbiSat, a local firm controlled by Embraer Defense and Security (EDS). The project, in association with the Army Technological Center (CTEx), integrates the Army’s Anti-Aircraft Defense System, supplying information capable of contributing to decision-making in countless defense and security situations.
Mexican Military personnel seized 3,640 liters of heroin in the state of Guerrero (in southern Mexico), in what constitutes one of the largest seizures of that drug in Mexico, the Secretariat of Defense announced on March 14.
The U.S. State Department official responsible for the fight against drugs, William Brownfield, announced on March 14 that he will travel to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to lay out “concrete” plans, in response to local leaders’ frustration due to rampant violence associated with organized crime.
Regional authorities are alarmed by the penetration of Mexican drug cartels into Peru, especially since they are helping to fund the Peruvian terrorist group the Shining Path.
In late January, Bolivia’s Special Force Against Drug Trafficking (FELCN), working with Brazilian police, captured 12 drug traffickers on the border with Brazil — just as the heads of both countries’ armed forces met to coordinate strategies in the fight against drug trafficking.
After a year of planning, members of the Guyanese Defense Force and U.S. military came together to train and improve their interoperability, tactics, and training techniques during Exercise Fused Response 2012, held March 1-9.
The Peruvian Army (EP) has at its disposal a modern force, in constant evolution, with the capabilities considered necessary to deter, and if necessary, neutralize any internal or external threat, according to the fifth institutional objective of the Institutional Strategic Plan of the Civil Affairs Directorate (DIRAC), known as the “Bolognesi Plan.”
MONTERREY, Mexico – Two former Honduran soldiers were arrested by the army for allegedly training members of Mexico’s violent Los Zetas drug cartel i...
Central American nation seeks to thwart illicit drug flights into its territory.
The Nicaraguan Navy arrested two Colombian and two Honduran traffickers who confessed that they had thrown more than 600 kilos of cocaine overboard, which they were transporting in a speedboat in the Caribbean, a Military source said on March 13.
The Honduran government named three intellectuals as members of a commission that will purge the police, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the judicial branch of the infiltration of organized crime, an official statement announced on March 13.
Fifty police officers, prosecutors, and judges from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru are participating in a specialized course, offered by U.S. experts in the Salvadoran capital, in order to fight the widespread crime of extortion.
MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities seized 8,453 gallons (32,000 liters) of methylamine, a precursor chemical for synthetic drugs, on a shipment from C...
Four suspected drug smugglers taken into custody following bust in Caribbean Sea.
Colombian authorities have arrested 14 alleged members of a drug-trafficking gang sought for extradition by the United States, in an operation carried out in five cities in the country, the Public Prosecutor’s Office announced on March 12.
In Washington, D.C., on March 12, FARC guerrilla Alexander Beltrán, alias ‘Rodrigo Pirinolo,’ pleaded not guilty to all charges related to the kidnapping of three American contractors, freed together with Ingrid Betancourt in 2008.
On March 12, Guatemalan President Otto Pérez proposed a package of eleven laws directed toward tightening controls on the handling of public funds and combating various forms of corruption, such as smuggling.
MEXICO CITY – Mexican officials said on March 12 that a suspected drug gang leader captured in western Mexico was allied to the country’s most wanted...
On March 11, around 100 wounded and amputee Colombian Military personnel injured in combat, along with 5,000 other people, ran a 10-kilometer race in Bogotá, seeking to raise money for uniformed personnel wounded in combat and the families of those killed, AFP confirmed.
Colombia on February 9 extradited a FARC rebel to the United States wanted in connection to the kidnapping of three Americans who were freed in 2008 after five years in captivity.
MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities captured the leader of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel in Guadalajara, along with a top lieutenant, authorit...
About four tons of cocaine have been seized in the Central American nation since January.
Jineth Bedoya Lima, an investigative journalist from Colombia who has continued to write about women’s issues despite having been raped and tortured for uncovering an arms smuggling network; and Major Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo of Brazil, who was invited to head the first “Police Pacification Unit” (UPP) in Rio de Janeiro’s Santa Marta favela after arresting a gang of criminals who had kidnapped and tortured her, were among the honorees at the White House to celebrate International Woman’s Day on March 8.
The Colombian government stated on March 8, following a meeting with delegates from Brazil and from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), that the security conditions are in place for the FARC guerrilla group to free ten uniformed personnel it committed to releasing in February.
On March 6, Anayibe Rojas Valderrama, known as “Sonia,” a member of the FARC guerrilla group, and two other Colombian citizens were found guilty of trafficking drugs to the United States, sources at a Washington, D.C., district court informed AFP.
Fourteen countries on three continents are sending military units to patrol the Central American isthmus and share intelligence in a bid to disrupt drug trafficking, arms dealing and money laundering throughout Central America and the Caribbean.
From protecting scarce natural resources to fighting organized crime and drug trafficking, Chile’s security priorities have changed dramatically over the past two decades — and Defense Minister Andrés Allamand says the country’s military establishment is doing its best to adapt to these new threats.
The U.S. Southern Command’s central mission — disrupting transnational trafficking in drugs, weapons, cash and people in Central and South America –- is too large and complex for even a U.S. combatant command to tackle alone, Southcom’s commander said on March 7 in a testimony to the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.
Representatives of the Costa Rican and Nicaraguan Governments met in San José on March 8 and 9 to analyze security measures along their disputed shared border, the Foreign Ministry in San José announced on March 7.
Coca eradication efforts in Bolivia are meeting their objectives in hectares, but as a whole, they are insufficient to reduce high levels of production, according to an annual counternarcotics report published by the U.S. government on March 7.
MONTERREY, Mexico – Mexican police have found the remains of at least 15 people in three graves near the northern city of Monterrey, authorities said...
On March 6, leftist rebels freed 11 oil workers who were taken captive last month near Colombia’s border with Venezuela, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.
On March 7, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden promised Central America to support the regional security strategy with 107 million dollars to confront drug trafficking and organized crime.
The head of the U.S. Southern Command, General Douglas Fraser, predicted on March 6 that the Armed Forces will continue to play a key role in the fight against organized crime in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, in response to “alarming increases in murders and brutality.”
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pledged on March 6 to allocate US$107 million more in aid to Central America under a security i...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury boosted its efforts to cut off financing for Mexico’s...
The Boeing Company and Elbit Systems of America have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that supports the development of advanced avionics capabilities in Brazil.
The Nicaraguan Army seized at least two tons of cocaine and a speedboat from alleged drug traffickers in an area of the Caribbean, a Military spokesperson announced at a press conference on March 5.
On March 5, at the conclusion of four months of investigation that began following the murder in Bogotá of alias “El Gordo” [The Fat One], the Colombian National Police arrested Andrés Fernando Arroyabe Ramírez, alias “Máquina” [Machine], currently linked to the “Los Urabeños” criminal gang and recognized among emerging drug-trafficking groups as one of their most dangerous criminals.
The Navies of North America met in Mexico in late February to refine their joint plans to combat organized crime in their respective maritime areas of the extensive continental region. According to an official statement by the Mexican Navy Secretariat (Semar), the meeting was held as part of the North American Maritime Security Initiative (NAMSI), which aims at implementing programs designed to have the agencies responsible for upholding the rule of law fight organized crime and narcotics trafficking.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua’s navy seized more than two tons of cocaine in the country’s south Caribbean region on Mar. 5, authorities said....
Peruvian police said on March 4 they had arrested a suspected leader of a Maoist faction of the Shining Path rebel movement who was the apparent successor to “Comrade Artemio,” who was captured last month.
Since January 5, the Nicaraguan Army’s Ecological Battalion (BECO) has been carrying out Operation Green Gold to protect and conserve that Central American nation’s chief natural reserves.
As a result of Operation Cradle of Liberty, and following coordinated inter-agency work involving the Colombian Army and the Criminal Investigation and Interpol Directorate of the National Police, eight people were successfully arrested on March 1, thereby dismantling an important network supporting terrorism acts by Fronts 38, 45, and 56 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), an irregular armed group, engaged in criminal activity in the eastern department of Arauca.
The Guatemalan Air Force will provide a helicopter to help combat the fire that has been affecting Costa Rica’s Chirripó National Park for the last week and has consumed 150 hectares of valuable forest, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) announced on March 4.
MEXICO CITY – Mexican and U.S. authorities discovered on March 1 a tunnel leading into the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona that contained 240 kilo...
The presidents of Central America will debate alternatives for confronting drug trafficking, which has engaged in increased violence over 30 years in the region, Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti announced in Honduras on March 1.
The Honduran Congress has increased the penalties for the crimes of extortion and blackmail, by way of a reform of the Criminal Code with which it aims to halt the so-called “war tax” collected by gangs, legislative sources announced on February 29.
The violence and the capacity for corruption associated with organized crime constitute a threat to the democracies and the economy of the Americas, according to authorities at a forum of judicial and prosecutorial officials and ministers from the countries of the OAS that opened in Mexico on March 1.
Last May, two Brazilian police dogs lost their lives during an dangerous operation in a forest near Ribeirão das Neves in the state of Minas Gerais. They took nine bullets from hiding criminals, ultimately saving the lives of their forever-grateful colleagues. .
The head of the Federal Police in São Paulo is preparing his officers for Brazil’s upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup. South America’s largest country has never had to deal with a major terrorist attack and officially dismisses the existence of terrorists within its borders.
MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s president on March 1 called on regional prosecutors at a meeting in Mexico City to present a common front against “the major c...
As part of the Enduring Friendship Program, the U.S. government has made a valuable contribution of resources to the police forces of the Costa Rican Ministry of the Interior, Police, and Public Safety, in order to strengthen the competencies of their personnel and the capabilities of their equipment and infrastructure.
Brazil will take up to two years to rebuild its scientific Military base in Antarctica, destroyed on February 25 by a fire that left two dead, and is evaluating the possibility of forming partnerships with other countries to continue its research in the meantime, an official source said on February 29.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano concluded her trip to Central America and Mexico in Panama on February 29 with a call to establish alliances for the fight against organized crime.
A shipment of cocaine seized by the Ecuadorean police on February 26 contained 3.6 tons of the drug, and was headed for Belgium, authorities announced on February 28.
On February 28, the Colombian Army deployed 300 Military personnel to contain attacks by the FARC guerrilla group in the country’s southwest, where at least seven soldiers have died since last week, the Air Force announced in a statement.
Country’s counter-narcotics agents have confiscated about 1,720 kilograms (3,784 pounds) of cocaine and about 27,000 pills of illicit substances so far this year.
Representatives of Central America’s civil-defense systems, meeting in San Salvador, are working on designing a rapid-response system that can make it possible to save lives in cases of natural disaster, the organizers announced.
Interpol has arrested 25 suspected members of the ‘Anonymous’ hackers group in a swoop covering more than a dozen cities in Europe and Latin America, the global police body said on February 28.
Drug-related violence has surged to “alarming and unprecedented” levels in Central America as Mexican drug cartels have shifted their operations, a UN report said on February 28.
In an apparent breakthrough that could open the door to peace talks with the government, Colombia’s FARC rebels announced Feb. 26 that they would no longer kidnap civilians for ransom.
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