Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

'New York Post' slammed for publishing ISIS execution images

Read more

DEBATE

Back to Square One?

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Gaza: Back to Square One?

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Gaza conflict: 72-hour ceasefire deal sets stage for Cairo talks

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

Read more

FOCUS

Spain's El Hierro to become world's first self-powered island

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

A bellwether for what not to do

Read more

ENCORE!

Luc Besson back in action with Scarlett Johansson in 'Lucy'

Read more

FOCUS

Israel's minorities and military service

Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • Brutal IS beheading video sparks social media pushback

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

  • Netanyahu compares Hamas to IS, Gaza offensive to continue

    Read more

  • France’s ex-PM Juppé sets up presidential clash with Sarkozy

    Read more

  • France’s Hollande says global security ‘worst since 2001’

    Read more

  • France urges Iran, others in region, to join fight against IS

    Read more

  • A new view on Normandy landings, 70 years on

    Read more

  • Video: Dozens arrested despite smaller protests in Ferguson

    Read more

  • Dozens killed as landslides strike Japan’s Hiroshima

    Read more

  • Suspected Ebola cases in Austria, new drug raises hopes

    Read more

  • WWII anniversary highlights best - and worst - of Paris police

    Read more

  • Headscarf at the beach sparks French MEP’s fury

    Read more

  • Video: Life in under-siege Donetsk

    Read more

  • Racism, riots and police violence: USA under scrutiny

    Read more

Americas

Govt troops kill FARC rebels commander

Latest update : 2009-03-02

Colombian government troops have killed a FARC commander accused of ordering extortion and bombings around Bogota. The death of Jose de Jesus Guzman, alias "Gaitan", was the latest strike against the weakened rebel movement.

REUTERS - Colombian troops killed a FARC rebel commander accused of ordering extortion and bombings around Bogota, including small blasts at Carrefour supermarkets and Blockbuster stores, authorities said on Monday.

 

The death of Jose de Jesus Guzman, alias "Gaitan", during weekend combat was the latest strike against the weakened Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, Latin America's oldest left-wing insurgency.

 

Guzman, a 26-year FARC veteran, was recently entrusted with reorganizing the rebels' urban militias and had been an ally of top FARC commander "Mono Jojoy", the presidential office said.

 

Once a peasant army of 17,000 controlling large portions of Colombia, the FARC have been reduced to between 7,000 and 10,000 combatants and forced back into remote jungles and mountains to evade military assaults and bombardments.

 

The FARC lost three top commanders last year, suffered from desertions and military setbacks. A surprise army operation in July rescued 15 of its key political hostages, including French-Colombian Ingrid Betancourt and three Americans.

 

Ten members of Guzman's "Antonio Narino" guerrilla unit were killed during combat last week in Cundinamarca province near Bogota and one of the group's key kidnapping operators was captured by the army, the military says.

 

Officials blamed a FARC extortion network for a recent bombing on a Bogota Blockbuster store that killed two people. Blockbuster stores and the Carrefour chain have been hit with small explosions or firebombs police link to extortion.

 

A recent security report said the FARC could try to increase urban attacks to pressure the government while trying to regain political space with hostage releases. Analysts say rebels are turning increasingly to extortion as kidnapping becomes more difficult under military pressure.

 

Date created : 2009-03-02

COMMENT(S)