March 1, 2008


No. 2 Colombian rebel leader killed: The chief diplomat of the country's largest leftist guerrilla group went by the alias Raul Reyes. His death is seen as the most damaging blow yet by the Bogota government. (Chris Kraul, 3/01/08, Los Angeles Times)

The second-highest-ranking leader in Colombia's largest leftist guerrilla group was killed in a predawn bombing raid, the defense minister announced this morning. [...]

Analysts were quick to describe the killing of Reyes, part of the seven-member FARC secretariat, as the most damaging blow yet struck by the government of President Alvaro Uribe in the campaign to defeat the rebels in a continuing 40-year war.

"This is of enormous importance. Reyes was the public face of the FARC and the only one who had international contacts," former Foreign Minister Maria Emma Mejia told Caracol TV. "This is a strong blow."

Former President Ernesto Samper told RCN television that Uribe's campaign was "showing results and this is an example."

Seventeen other FARC rebels and one Colombian soldier were reported killed in the battle.

Democrats, especially the leftovers from the 80s, vote against improved ties with our good friends in Colombia because they--correctly--associate this war with Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, etc. and are bitter about the Right winning again.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 1, 2008 7:00 PM
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