CIA Helped Kill 24 Rebel Leaders In Columbia



According to the Washington Post, a CIA program helped Colombian forces kill two dozen leaders of rebel groups in Colombia.

As reported by Fox News:

The program consists of human intelligence and a GPS guidance kit that is used to aid bombs in targeting specific leaders. According to the Post report, which cited interviews with over 30 current and former U.S. and Colombian officials, the U.S. began providing the Colombian army with the GPS kits in 2006.

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The program exists separately from the $9 billion aid package begun in 2000. It also makes heavy use of NSA monitoring to intercept communications and target the leaders of the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN).

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According to the Post’s report, the CIA has been using 500-pound bombs to target FARC an ELN leaders since 2007. “The bombs use special encryption keys that unscramble communications from GPS satellites to hit their targets, which are controlled by the CIA so the Colombia armed forces do not misuse the weapons to target political opponents.”

The CIA’s efforts have allegedly significantly reduced the manpower of FARC. On December 15, FARC announced a 30 day ceasefire and has been negotiating with the Colombian government for peace.

FARC used to be the most wealthy insurgency in the world — it is currently at its smallest and weakest state to-date.