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Subject: A Modern History of Colombia - AAR Pt 1 rss

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Eric Williams
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This isn’t the first time President Ernesto Samper has asked himself why he ever ran for the top office in Colombia. From the very beginning of his term he was accused of funding his campaign with Cartel drug money. Media pressure, political pressure from the Conservatives and growing resentment amongst the people forced a Congressional investigation. Thus far he has been able to stay above it but as revelations have surfaced more and more of his campaign team have been indicted.


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There is also growing pressure on the government to deal with the growing threats posed by the various insurgent groups. Thus far he was convinced that a strategy of protecting the cities was enough. The Generals have consistently claimed that they lack the necessary men and equipment to operate too far from their bases. Some have warned that more men will be needed just to protect the cities. However, there have been a few Generals that have proposed operations into the Departments with existing forces and it is these men that are waiting outside his office. For both political and security reasons he recognises that it is time to act...

64. Cocaine Labs: More bad press for Samper. The Cartels are flourishing in the SE and it is reported that the Cali led Cartel now runs such a well oiled industry that profits have soared. In the meantime, FARC is reported to be boasting an increase in armed followers nearing 200% and declares themselves as the only authority in the Departments.

51. Pipeline Repairs: Primary pipelines in the north fail. It is blamed on a lack of maintenance but FARC claim responsibility. Local commanders suspect AUC involvement as well. The reality is the problem represents the loss of nearly 30% of GDP. Samper calls an immediate Security meeting and wants military options. Intelligence suggests that FARC are in the process of building bases in Choco, Aracua and Huila and are less security focused in those Departments. It is thought that a government operation would not be expected and would have a high chance of success. The plan is given a green light and Operation Alejandro is launched.

Elements of 2nd Division (Santander) and 5th Division (Bogota) sweep into Aracua. 7th Division with support from 3rd Divisions 3rd Brigade out of Cali sweep into Choco. Remaining Brigades of 2nd Division sweep Santander. The air force flies close support in Santander and airstrikes FARC guerrillas.


Operation "Alejandro" begins


The rest of the country remains unaware of the military Op

72. Sicarios: “Unemployed ready to work for the Syndicates.” The Cartels arm a huge number of their own “guerrilla’s” to provide muscle and protection for their growing Empire. FARC, still of the opinion that despite growing military activity no adequate efforts will be made into their Departments, builds 3 more bases (including Aracua and Choco) and recruits a new terror cell in Cesar.

18. NSPD-18: The US sends a delegation to Bogota offering to help the ailing Colombian economy – with conditions. The fiscal boost and promise of Aid is tempting but the conditions threaten to compromise Operation Alejandro. Samper decides that his need for a military success in the short term outweighs the countries need for longer term security. The offer is rejected and the Government remains focused on Operation Alejandro. The assaults go in with devastating effect and destroy 4 FARC bases along with 2 FARC and 2 AUC military units in Choco, Aracua and Santander. As a final encore to the operation, a Cartel cocoa field in Guaviare is sprayed from the air. Samper hopes this might relieve claims he is “in” with the Cartels.
The US announces that its focus remains on the Middle East and South East Asia and the Colombian budget takes a further hit.


FARC builds bases unaware of the looming threat...


Operation Alejandro is a complete success

34. Airdropped AK’s: The FARC leadership take stock of their situation. Things have taken a change for the worse and their claims of “controlling the countryside” are in tatters now that the Government has shown it is prepared to take the fight into the countryside. They decide to re-direct a covert weapons delivery to the far east of the country into Vichada where they already have a small presence established. In quick time it has a fully operational base and 3 stand alone units.

In the meantime, the FARC presence in Cesar is raised in the Senate as a matter of “immediate concern”. The military is not in a position to deal with the problem. An “economic task force” is sent north, which in truth is a nod and a wink to the Cartels who manage to rally and Cultivate into Cesar and thus deny FARC control of the Department.

32. Secuestrados: The Government seizes on growing public resentment to hostage taking. The Departments of Huila and Cesar move to passive support making both areas a problem for FARC recruitment. The AUC, buoyed by the Government success against FARC manage to build strength and infiltrate into the FARC base areas of Huila and Vichada.

43. Calima Front: FARC builds a second base in Vichada and rallies every available guerrilla unit. Systematic extortion covers all costs. There is no good news for the Government as Human rights concerns are highlighted in Santander and the brutality is blamed on the Army. The promise of future foreign aid plummets to +3.

57. Op Millennium: The Chief of Police begs the Government for the opportunity to mobilise more police forces. The Army however counter proposes that a proper training programme could augment both the Police and the Army. With the government now controlling more of the country with military forces alone, overall defence has been stretched to the limit. Samper agrees with the Generals and the remainder of the budget is spent on recruitment and re-arming. The size of both the Army and the Police forces is doubled and new Brigades are formed in Bogota, Cali, Neiva, Santander and Cucuta. The air force remains inactive.

The AUC builds another base in Antioquia and funnels more men into the FARC base areas of Huila and Vichada.





FARC numbers have recovered but the Governments Training program and positioning means defence is ready

Overall, President Samper’s term has been a success, but at a cost. Both the economy and the Government budget are in a shambles with Government resources at 20. The Government maintained control of all cities and added Aracua, Choco to Santander as controlled Departments. Government civic Action in Cali was drowned out by FARC Agitation in Huila and whilst government support had risen 8% to 54, FARC was up 25% to 25.

Andres Pastrana, the man Samper narrowly defeated in the last election, leads the conservatives to victory in the election promising greater security, a concerted effort on building the economy and economic links to the US, and perhaps most controversially proposing peace talks with FARC. His first action as President is to authorise large Police numbers into the controlled Departments and also standing Police patrols onto high value LOC’s.


Pastrana makes good on his promise of increased security
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Awesome Eric! thumbsup
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Fabulously told. So it's handy, here's a link to Part 2.
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