The War on Cartels – Colombia’s Special Operations

first published on September 5, 2018 by

The Colombian Conflict is a non-stop war against drug cartels, communist leaning extremists, and crime syndicates. These are the men fighting them every day.

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In May of 1964, the Colombian Conflict officially began. Colombian government forces, paramilitary groups, crime syndicates, and far-left guerrillas known as the FARC have been waging this low intensity, A-symmetrical war with each other for over 50 years with small-scale battles happening even to this day. At the forefront of this conflict stands Columbia’s Special Operations teams, who specialize in the type of fighting that is needed in order to win battles against enemies of the state.

Between 1958 and 2013, over 177,307 civilians have been killed in the fighting. 40,787 fighters have also been killed since 1958 according to Colombia’s National Centre for Historical Memory. Between 1985 and 2012 over 5 million civilians were displaced from their homes due to the conflict, generating the world’s second largest population of internally displaced persons. Almost 17% of the nation’s people have been directly impacted by the on-going conflict with FARC and the number of crime syndicates that have flourished under the constant chaos of the on-going war.

In 2016 Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a historic cease-fire agreement with the FARC that was revised and accepted in November of the same year. With the Conflict with the group finally at a conclusion, the government forces can dial in and start to hem the tide of criminal organizations that have greatly benefited from the fighting. With full focus and attention on these organizations, hopefully the Colombian Conflict will be drawing to a full close after generations worth of fighting.


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