The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced on Tuesday that the narco-terrorist group plans to target criminal operations in the department of Santander and the Magdalena Medio region.
This follows recent peace talks between the FARC and the Colombian government, leading some to wonder if the two may be colluding in order to eliminate criminal enterprises in the nation.
Others, however, have expressed worries that the FARC’s new offensive against criminal gangs may be a ploy for the narco-terrorist organization to further its control across Colombia under the guise of assisting civilians there.
This comes after an alliance between the FARC and Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) was announced on January 14th, bringing an end to decades of conflict between the two leftist guerilla groups.
In the statement, the FARC states they plan to retake control over several locations in the department citing the failure of the government to maintain stability in the region. One target included the center of Copetrol, a Paraguayan distributor of petroleum products, located in La Rochela.
Colombia's FARC announces offensive against gangs in the department of Santander and the Magdalena Medio region.
— Trent Barr (@Atlas_Trent) February 2, 2024