Five Colombian FARC Guerrillas Captured in the Darién
Friday, May 14 2010 @ 02:45 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Last March four suspected FARC guerrillas were detained by the Senafront on the beach of Isla Mono in the Darién. The four were arrested near the same area where in February this year there was an armed clash between units of the Naval Air Service of Panama and the crew of a speedboat full of suspected drug traffickers, which resulted in one officer wounded. On 27 January 2010 three suspected FARC guerrillas were killed in a clash with Senafront units and two others were captured during a patrol in the province of Darien, which borders Colombia. (Telemetro)
Editor's Comment: Thus far this year Panamanian law enforcement officers have clashed with Colombian FARC guerrillas about once per month. I think the increase in activity is a result of more aggressive patrolling on the part of the Panamanian units, who are now more capable of bringing the fight to the guerrillas. The FARC has used the Panamanian jungles of the Darién as an area to rest, hide, and heal for decades. And, for most of that time there has been a kind of uneasy agreement - the FARC doesn't screw with Panama too much, and Panama doesn't really go looking for them all that hard. But lately Panama has been getting more aggressive in patrolling the national territory. Historically the FARC doesn't come into Panama in the numbers that would allow them to do anything militarily significant - like take over one of those new counter drug bases and kill 100 police officers.