Forces Against Terrorism

The Peruvian Armed Forces continue to combat the Shining Path due to a resurgence in the Apurímac and Ene Rivers Valley
Print | 1 October 2011

Peruvian Soldiers take the high ground to survey the terrain of the Apurímac and Ene Rivers Valley (VRAE). This area extends through parts of the Junín, Huancavélica, Ayacucho and Cusco departments in south central Peru. [Jaime Reyes León/Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command]

Peruvian Army and Marine forces combat narcotrafficking and narcoterrorism elements of the Shining Path in the Apurímac and Ene Rivers Valley, during one of the many operations being conducted in 2011. The remote region has various geographic challenges such as dense jungles, Andean highlands and merging rivers. The region, known as VRAE for its Spanish acronym, is an area where the terrorist organization Shining Path has re-emerged after near-eradication in 1999.

Peruvian Army Commandos walk along a riverbank in the VRAE in search of narcoterrorists. Due to the varying geography of the region, the Commandos are prepared to encounter Shining Path guerrillas hiding in the mountains, rocks, jungles and rivers. [Jaime Reyes León/Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command]
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