FARC's move to put Timoleon Jimenez, also known as 'Timochenko,' in charge could prove a major obstacle to Colombia's hopes for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
A real-world example of why Al Qaeda could live well beyond Osama bin Laden, Latin America has found limited results from taking out leaders of deadly ideological insurgencies.
Colombia troops killed top FARC rebel leader Jorge Briceño, better known as 'Mono Jojoy,' along with another 20 guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, in a bombing raid Wednesday.
Venezuela recalled its ambassador after the outgoing Colombian government charged that its neighbor harbors FARC rebels. The charges could short-circuit a potential thaw in ties as president-elect Santos prepares to take office.
Three high-level hostages were freed in a surprise jungle raid this weekend, boosting the campaign of conservative presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos just days before the Colombia election runoff.
A Colombian soldier stands at the entrance to a bunker belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in a rural zone in Puerto Rico, Colombia, on July 25, 2009. The Marxist Colombian guerrilla group, founded in 1964, is South America's largest insurgency. It claims to support the rural poor in the struggle against the wealthy. The group also strongly opposes American influence in Colombia.
The leftist militants have launched 'plan rebirth' following a year of withering setbacks.
The release of four hostages Sunday marks an attempt by FARC to regain public credibility after a devastating year, say analysts.