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Air raid kills 9 rebels in northeastern Colombia

Bogota, Jan 19 (EFE).- At least nine guerrillas with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, died in a Colombian air force bombardment of one of the insurgent group's camps in the northeastern province of Arauca, media reports and military spokesman said Sunday. The guerrillas belonged to the Alfonso Castellanos unit of the FARC's 10th Front and among the dead appears to be the commander of the guerrilla unit, Omar Guevara Rivera, who was the target of the operation.

FARC marks end to 30-day ceasefire

Colombia's FARC rebel group said Wednesday it had fulfilled its 30-day unilateral ceasefire, squashing speculation it would prolong the suspension of hostilities until after upcoming elections. The one-month truce for the end-of-year holiday season lasted from December 15 to midnight Tuesday. "The final moment of the unilateral ceasefire has arrived" said Pablo Catabumbo, one of the guerrilla delegates in peace talks with the Colombian government in Havana.

At talks, Colombian rebels urge regulated drug production

Colombia's FARC rebels called on Tuesday in peace talks with the government for the cultivation and sale of illegal crops like coca leaf, opium poppies and marijuana to be brought under official regulation. Rebel negotiator Pablo Catatumbo unveiled the proposal before the start of a negotiating session dealing with drug trafficking, the industry that has long fuelled Colombia's brutal civil war.

Colombian troops kill 6 guerrillas

Bogota, Dec 31 (EFE).- Soldiers killed at least six leftist ELN guerrillas in an operation in the northeastern region of Catatumbo, the Colombian military said Tuesday. The shootout occurred in the province of Norte de Santander, where soldiers of the 33rd Mobile Brigade, backed by air support, clashed with the rebels, the army's Task Force Vulcan said in a statement. Seized in the fight was an AK-47 assault rifle, two handguns, communications devices and administrative material.

Colombian rebels free man held captive for 2 months

Bogota, Dec 25 (EFE).- The smaller of Colombia's two main guerrilla insurgencies has freed a man held captive since Oct. 30, the International Committee of the Red Cross told Efe Wednesday. Members of the National Liberation Army, or ELN, handed Jose Eulogio Vera over to the ICRC in a rural area outside Arauquita, a town near the Venezuelan border, at around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. Vera was reunited with his family in the nearby town of Saravena after a medical exam showed he was in good health.

Colombian rebels free man held captive for 2 months

Bogota, Dec 25 (EFE).- The smaller of Colombia's two main guerrilla insurgencies has freed a man held captive since Oct. 30, the International Committee of the Red Cross told Efe Wednesday. Members of the National Liberation Army, or ELN, handed Jose Eulogio Vera over to the ICRC in a rural area outside Arauquita, a town near the Venezuelan border, at around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. Vera was reunited with his family in the nearby town of Saravena after a medical exam showed he was in good health.

Colombian peace talks end year with praise for progress

Negotiators concluded the year's last round of Colombian peace talks Friday with the chief government representative praising the progress made as "important and hopeful." "Never before have we advanced so much in terms of agreements with the FARC as we have on this occasion," said Humberto de la Calle, the lead government negotiator. "With all responsibility and without raising false hopes, I can say that the results achieved so far in the talks with the FARC are important and hopeful," he said.

FARC set for unilateral ceasefire try

Colombia's FARC rebels begin a 30-day unilateral ceasefire Sunday as peace talks continue with the government to try to end Latin America's longest insurgency. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) asked its units to "cease fire and hostilities for 30 days" from December 15 in a message last week from Havana where the talks are being held. President Juan Manuel Santos' government rejects the idea of any ceasefire until a peace deal has been signed.

Two Colombian rebels killed in clashes with army

Two FARC rebel fighters were killed and two others injured during clashes with Colombian soldiers, the army said Thursday. The skirmish took place in a densely forested region of Colombia's western Choco region, just days after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announced a unilateral ceasefire due to get underway later this month. The army said it confiscated various rebel weapons, including rifles and grenade launchers.

Colombian rebels warn of attacks before ceasefire

Colombia's FARC rebels warned Wednesday of new attacks before their unilateral ceasefire gets under way later this month, saying ongoing tensions could trigger fresh violence. Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) spokesman Pablo Catatumbo told Blu Radio that attacks may take place prior to the start of a 30-day truce due to be begin on December 15 because of "daily confrontation." "As long as there is a daily confrontation, either today or tomorrow or the next day, until December 15, there may be attacks," Catatumbo told the broadcaster in an interview.
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