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Threat From Abroad

19 April 2018

The demobilisation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was a key milestone in South America’s recent history. The FARC insurgency in Colombia finally ended after almost half a century of conflict. More than 8,000 FARC militants handed over their weapons and engaged in a lengthy process to be reintroduced to civilian life. However, some fighters chose not to abide by the peace deal and instead continue to use violence to secure strategic drug-trafficking territory. Colombian authorities revealed that as many as 1,200 dissident FARC members are still active across 23 fronts spread nationwide – some claim the number is much higher – especially in Guaviare and Meta departments. In recent months, there has been an intensification of militant activity in southern Colombia, especially along the porous border with Ecuador.

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