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The US embassy in Nigeria warned Sunday that Boko Haram has planned an attack on Nigerian luxury hotels in the capital, signaling a possible expansion of the Islamist group's uprising.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is the oldest guerrilla group operating in the Western Hemisphere. What began in the 1960s as a peasant insurgency with political aims morphed into a drug trafficking organization dependent on cocaine and kidnapping for revenue. The group, whose influence grew over the decades to count 19,000 members in the 1990s, began to face major setbacks when former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe took office in 2002. With the help of the US under Plan Colombia (begun in 2000), Mr. Uribe made fighting the FARC the cornerstone of his presidency – an effort that Colombians widely supported. The effort continues under current President Juan Manuel Santos. Top leaders have been captured and thousands of members have demobilized. But the FARC continues to remain a deadly force in Colombia, especially in the countryside. Here is what Colombia has accomplished against the FARC in the past three years.
Nigeria's Boko Haram militants launched bombings and gun attacks that killed scores on Friday. On Sunday, they killed a police inspector, according to reports.
Government forces have killed the commander-in-chief of the FARC, alias 'Alfonso Cano.' It is a blow to the rebel group, but ultimately it could hurt peace talks.