Public Forces have weakened Farc significantly

In the past 18 months, authorities have taken down 35 Farc heads as well as all the heads of criminal gangs, according to Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzón.

Thanks to efforts by the Public Forces in the past year, Farc’s terrorist capacity has been diminished by more than one thousanarmed men and a similar number of militiamen and supporting networks.

“In 2011 there were 9,100 armed men, approximately, and by the end of 2012 they were at 7,800 (…) they are taking a hit. It’s estimated that there were between 10,500 and 11,000 members of groups supporting terrorism or militias and we estimate that by the end of 2012 there were between 9,000 and 10,000,” Pinzón said.

Although all this data is based on estimations, an average of five Farc members demobilize every day, which confirms the precarious conditions within their armed structures.

“In ten years they’ve lost 60 percent of their capacity and in a year and a half, 35 heads of Farc fronts and two top chiefs. What’s next for them? More of the same, and at that rate, if one thinks ahead four or five years, it will be an organization that exists like a Bacrim. That’s where they’re headed,” Pinzón stressed.

The Defense Minister also highlighted that the Armed Forces are producing results on a daily basis, including Friday’s arrest of the brother of alias ‘Cesar’.

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