Colombia Frees 15 People in FARC Rescue Mission

July 02, 2008 07:46 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Colombia has successfully freed 15 hostages long held by the rebel group FARC, including Ingrid Betancourt and three Americans. 

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The operation is considered a great achievement for Colombia in its fight against the rebel group. The United States helped Colombia plan the mission, and the White House claimed that it provided "specific support."

The rescue operation is another Colombian government accomplishment against the group following the "killing and capture in recent months of several senior commanders of the FARC," according to The New York Times.

Ingrid Betancourt has received substantial attention since her capture in 2002, and there have been several unsuccessful international efforts to gain her release or provide her with medical attention. Betancourt was kidnapped during her bid for the Colombian presidency.

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has refused to negotiate with the terrorists, who were demanding the release of 500 jailed FARC members in exchange for approximately 39 hostages.

Uribe lost his father at the hands of FARC assassins, and had said he would not acquiesce to the group’s demands.

Headline Link: '15 Hostages Held by Colombian Rebels Are Rescued'

Key Players: Betancourt, FARC, President Uribe

Ingrid Betancourt
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe

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