Ghelp, why did the government want the AUC to demobilize when AUC where fighting the farc? And has it become better in Colombia since or is the farc stronger?
Wasn't he one of those Los Pepes guys that helped take down Pablo Escobar?
Carlos Castaño is dead.September 1, 2006 his bones were found in a shallow grave.He was killed by his own brother they think he was in talks for the disarmament of AUC units.
FARC is definately weaker.Most of this footage is in the late 90's.They operate close to the Venezuelen border and have camps inside Venezuelen territory.They will make incursions into Colombian Police hamlets every know and again or set up a ambush.They still have Fronts of hundred or so men operating in Colombia.
FUDRA the militaries elite rapid reaction force use US made Blackhawk helicopter gunships on search and destroy missions against the rebel groups.
A column of government troops wade through the river in search of rebel fighters.
With the bridge destroyed by a rebel bomb, a Government soldier splashes through the river in pursuit of FARC guerrilla fighters
*WARNING*An army recruit helps his colleague into a truck after completing a training session.
*WARNING*While searching a disabled bus for ****y traps, Government soldiers accidentally trigger an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) planted by FARC rebels. The explosion killed two soldiers instantly and wounded a third.
Wearing helmets and body armour the police force patrol the streets 24 hours a day. The foot patrols last around two hours each and vary in route to lessen the chance of ambush.
Policemen have been killed here by lone gunmen and by bombs hidden in cars, motorcycles and bicycles
Two FARC rebels relax at a reten on the outskirts of San Vicente del Caguan.
A female FARC recruit on patrol around her camp in Caqueta.
A FARC rebel wiles away time playing with the camps mascot.
A rebel fighter recovering from exhaustion and dehydration.
A rebel traverses an overhead ladder as part of an obstacle course.
Daily exercise helps to keep the rebels fighting fit.
Everyone pitches in to ensure the camp is kept clean and tidy.
Two rebels relax near a FARC sponsored roadside store.
Whilst living demanding lives with few creature comforts the FARC women still pay attention to their appearance.
Young fighters dance during a New-Years party at their camp.
Relationships develop within the camp but can only continue with approval from a commander.
A young female rebel fighter grimaces as a bullet passes close over her head.
A rebel fighter checks his escape route as government troops advance towards his position.
A member of the special police unit posted in Saravena walks past an open bible in the dining area of the police station.
Preparation is the key to survival here as in any combat zone. Weapons are cleaned and checked to prevent jamming
Unable to leave the fortress like station except on patrol, the policemen have a makeshift gym in which to blow off steam and keep fit.
The centre of this town was blasted with rockets, mortars or bombs on 85 different occasions in 2002 making it the most attacked town in Colombia, earning it the nickname ‘Little Sarajevo’.
Apart from the Police station virtually all buildings around the central plaza have been destroyed.
The police station resembles a fortified bunker. It is surrounded with sandbags and sentry posts from which guards constantly watch the streets.
The policemen cover each other as they move forward through rebel-infested barrios. Each patrol consists of 25 men. This number allows them to dominate a large area making ambushes less likely.
The policemen move fast and well spaced out as a precaution against snipers or anti-personnel mines. Whenever the group pauses they take up defensive positions near whatever cover is available.
As darkness falls the tension rises, as does the chance of attack. Guns are pointed into every shadow and anyone unwise enough to be on the streets is treated with suspicion.
Within a few streets it is possible to pass graffiti proclaiming that both local militia from the FARC and ELN are present.
Great vids and pics Ghelp!!!
How active are the "paramilitares" now days and what kind of support do they get from population?
Your welcome friend.
The Paramilitaries such as AUC some of the units demobilized they are still some what active mostly in the drug trade.