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Caribbean-Latin America
Colombia military kills 13 FARC rebels, President Santos says
2013-01-02
[Iran Press TV] Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos says the South American nation's troops have killed at least 13 Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
FARC or FARC-EP, is either a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization or a narco mob based in Colombia. It claims to represent the rural poor in a struggle against Colombia's wealthier classes, and opposes United States influence in Colombia, neo-imperialism, monopolization of natural resources by multinational corporations, and the usual raft of complaints. It funds itself principally through ransom kidnappings, taxation of the drug trade, extortion, shakedowns, and donations. It has lately begun calling itself Bolivarian and is greatly admired by Venezuela's President-for-Life Chavez, who seemingly fantasizes about living in the woods and kidnapping people himself. He provides FARC with safe areas along the border.
(FARC) rebels.

The attack on a camp belonging to the rebels was launched in northwest Antioquia department on Tuesday, Santos wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pie fight, Bella grabbed the cocoanut cream...
the corpse count is expected to climb because the unit housed up to 20 people.

The assault comes as the Colombian government has been engaged in peace talks with FARC members and representatives in Cuba since November 19 in an attempt to end the military conflict between Bogota and the rebels. An earlier round of talks was held on October 18 in Norway.

The rebels announced a two-month ceasefire before the negotiations started, saying "The leadership has ordered that all military operations against government forces come to a halt."

However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
Bogota refused to accept the truce. Meanwhile Santos said in previous negotiations the FARC rebels had used the demilitarized zone to regroup and rearm.

On December 1, 2012, the Colombian military executed bombing strikes on three camps belonging to FARC rebels and killed at least 20.

According to a statement released by the Colombian army, the operation was carried out in Narino Province near the border with Ecuador.

On December 2, 2012, Santos set a November 2013 deadline for the grinding of the peace processor between the country and FARC rebels.

"This has to be a process of months, rather than years. In other words, this should not last any longer than November next year at the latest," said Santos.
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