January 15, 2014

Quick Look: CIA Covert Action Program in Colombia Targets FARC

In late December of 2013 the Washington Post released a well-written and highly detailed report regarding a very successful CIA covert action program aimed at eliminating over two dozen rebel leaders associated with the world’s most (formerly) well-funded insurgency: Colombia’s FARC. While the report did not receive a lot of coverage from the mainstream media, it still remains an excellent current and ongoing example of the kinds of work the CIA performs today.

It is refreshing to see that although CIA clandestine HUMINT reporting and collection is declining in a more tech-savvy and globalized world as SOFREP previously reported, the CIA’s covert action programs are still capable of leveraging the innovative and vast resources at US disposal in pursuit of policy makers’ objectives.


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is a junior active duty officer working ground intel and supporting an airborne-capable unit. Not SOF, just a regular guy. He holds a BS in Political Science with a German minor from a small engineering school in Colorado, where he loves the adventure found in the mountains. He strongly advocates admitting nothing, denying everything, and making counter-accusations. Nothing here is written in an official capacity or represents the positions of the USG; all work is his personal opinion alone. NFQ

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  • JohnChristopher1

    "So basically like the Mexican cartels with the drug dealing, kidnapping/ransom, etc?" Similar, but different in some ways (not that the differences don't ebb and flow). For instance, FARC, like many Marxists groups, first trafficked drugs as a means to reject, and ultimately overthrow, the political system. (Think the IRA, or in many ways, the Taliban.) So, they were content to protect and tax (extort may be a better word), even help local growers. The cartels are pure, somewhat feudal, capitalists, and don't mind paying bribes or murdering peasants to get the best price.

  • webmindset1

    All under the guise of political ideology, which is what differentiates the two.

  • webmindset1

    Virginstateofmind Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - Revolutionary (bullshit) Armed Forces of Colombia. Having been there, seen them, done that, I can tell you it should translate to: drug-dealing, kidnapping motherfuckers who deserve the violence we gave/give them. Fuck 'em. Semper Fi MoDog out

  • ArcticWarrior

    In an operation on 21 January, the Colombian military killed 14 rebel militants in the Arauca region. The armed suspects were allegedly involved in sabotaging oil refineries and other industrial locations there. The military engaged in ground assaults against FARC targets with air support. Also on 21 January, another military operation killed an additional seven FARC members in the region of Tolima.

  • ArcticWarrior

    Virginstateofmind Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-Peoples Army