Colombian Security Forces Neutralize Two FARC Leaders

By Dialogo
August 20, 2013

Colombian security forces brought down two unit leaders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on August 18, in the southeast of the country, President Juan Manuel Santos reported.

“Another leader of FARC’s 6th Front 6 (46 so far) and his second-in-command were killed by our public forces. Congratulations, and I order [them] to persevere!” Santos said via Twitter.

The guerrillas, identified by the local press as aka “Jaimito” and aka ”El Burro”, were killed when their campsite, located in the rural area of Toribío, in Cauca department (southwest), was bombarded.

The operation against the guerrillas was conducted by the Colombian Army and Police, the press stated.

Since November 2012, Santos’s government has been conducting peace negotiations with the FARC in Cuba, in order to put an end to the conflict that has been going on for 50 years.

The armed group proposed a bilateral ceasefire while the talks are being conducted; however, Santos has rejected this offer, arguing that it might be used by the insurgents to strengthen their military capacities.

Currently, the FARC are the main guerrilla in Colombia, with about 8,000 combatants.