There is a high level of uncertainty over the FARC’s current state,
following several big blows to the guerrilla organization, according to
a study released by independent Colombian think-tank Foundation of
Ideas for Peace (FIP).
One year on from Operation Jaque, in which 15 FARC hostages were freed by the Colombia army, FIP is seeking to clarify the guerrilla organization’s current position.
“There is still a high level of uncertainty over the the actual state of the FARC, above all, after the death of commander Manuel Marulanda, the death of two members of the secretariat and the emergence of Alfonso Cano as the head of the guerrilla group,” the report states.
According to the FIP study, it is clear that some FARC structures have been hard hit, while others are regaining strength, creating corridors that allow them to move around, especially in the center and south of the country.
The study also states that in the first half of this year, the guerrillas have increased activity in urban areas in an attempt to send the message that they are still capable of attacks. 45 soldiers and policemen have been
They also “validate extortion as an effective mechanism to obtain resources and generate fear,” the study says.
The FARC are adapting to new circumstances by making alliances with “emerging gangs” in order
“to launch attacks which will gain more media publicity”.
“Don’t underestimate their military importance,” the study advises.