Colombia: High-ranking FARC Member Dies in Military Operation

By Dialogo
February 13, 2015



A high-ranking member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) died in a military operation by the Colombian Army’s Terrestrial Combat Battalion No. 93 of the Third Division and the Colombian National Police as part of Sword of Honor III, the Army reported on February 10.

Orlando Javier Guerrero Narváez, alias 'Orlando' or 'el Indio', had an arrest warrant on charges of trafficking, conspiracy, terrorism, forced disappearance, murder of protected persons, and weapons possession. He was fatally shot during a firefight at a residence in the municipality of Tumaco in Nariño Department.

As the leader of the FARC’s Daniel Aldana Mobile Company, Orlando had been in charge of installing explosive devices that would be used against civilians and Troops. He also coordinated extortion rings and other illegal activities to finance the country’s largest guerrilla group, which uses proceeds from narco-trafficking to fund its terrorist organization. In 2013, he carried out an attack on a police station in Chilví in Tumaco.

Sword of Honor III is a continuation of the counterinsurgency strategy Sword of Honor, launched by the Colombian Armed Forces in 2012 to confront and defeat the illegal groups nationwide. Under the initiative, Soldiers and Troops combat terrorist attacks, dismantle landmines, and persuade hundreds of guerrillas to demobilize and enroll in a government program that provides them with training so they can enter the workforce.


A high-ranking member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) died in a military operation by the Colombian Army’s Terrestrial Combat Battalion No. 93 of the Third Division and the Colombian National Police as part of Sword of Honor III, the Army reported on February 10.

Orlando Javier Guerrero Narváez, alias 'Orlando' or 'el Indio', had an arrest warrant on charges of trafficking, conspiracy, terrorism, forced disappearance, murder of protected persons, and weapons possession. He was fatally shot during a firefight at a residence in the municipality of Tumaco in Nariño Department.

As the leader of the FARC’s Daniel Aldana Mobile Company, Orlando had been in charge of installing explosive devices that would be used against civilians and Troops. He also coordinated extortion rings and other illegal activities to finance the country’s largest guerrilla group, which uses proceeds from narco-trafficking to fund its terrorist organization. In 2013, he carried out an attack on a police station in Chilví in Tumaco.

Sword of Honor III is a continuation of the counterinsurgency strategy Sword of Honor, launched by the Colombian Armed Forces in 2012 to confront and defeat the illegal groups nationwide. Under the initiative, Soldiers and Troops combat terrorist attacks, dismantle landmines, and persuade hundreds of guerrillas to demobilize and enroll in a government program that provides them with training so they can enter the workforce.
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