Colombian National Army’s Sword of Honor III Scores Major Victory

By Dialogo
March 03, 2015



The Colombian National Army’s " General José María Mantilla" Artillery Battalion No. 18 seized 490 kilograms of marijuana that allegedly belonged to the National Liberation Army (ELN) in the Department of Arauca as part of the Sword of Honor III campaign.

The marijuana, which was valued at 50 million pesos (about $3.35 million), allegedly belonged to the ELN’s Domingo Laín Sáenz Front. Troops seized the marijuana from an abandoned residence on the bank of the Arauca River in the village of El Caracol, the Army reported on its website on February 25.

The Army did not immediately report whether Soldiers captured any suspects in connection with the marijuana seizure.

Sword of Honor III is a continuation of Sword of Honor, a counterinsurgency effort launched by the Colombian Armed Forces in 2012 to confront and defeat illegal groups nationwide. Under the initiative, Soldiers 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 and peacefully rejoin civil society.

The ELN, the country’s second-largest guerrilla group behind the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), uses revenue it generates from drug trafficking to fund terrorist attacks.


The Colombian National Army’s " General José María Mantilla" Artillery Battalion No. 18 seized 490 kilograms of marijuana that allegedly belonged to the National Liberation Army (ELN) in the Department of Arauca as part of the Sword of Honor III campaign.

The marijuana, which was valued at 50 million pesos (about $3.35 million), allegedly belonged to the ELN’s Domingo Laín Sáenz Front. Troops seized the marijuana from an abandoned residence on the bank of the Arauca River in the village of El Caracol, the Army reported on its website on February 25.

The Army did not immediately report whether Soldiers captured any suspects in connection with the marijuana seizure.

Sword of Honor III is a continuation of Sword of Honor, a counterinsurgency effort launched by the Colombian Armed Forces in 2012 to confront and defeat illegal groups nationwide. Under the initiative, Soldiers 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 and peacefully rejoin civil society.

The ELN, the country’s second-largest guerrilla group behind the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), uses revenue it generates from drug trafficking to fund terrorist attacks.
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