30 May '13, 2pm

SOUTHCOM ISR Helped Kill 32 'Narco-Terrorists'

Earlier this year, leaders of U.S. Southern Command told Congress that ISR support provided to nations south of Mexico had led to more than “32 high-value narco-terrorists killed in action.” Just who were these individuals killed with U.S. help? SOUTHCOM’s posture statement didn’t say. So we asked. It turns out they were members of Colombia’s FARC and ELN rebel groups or of Peru’s Shining Path, according to an emailed response from SOUTHCOM spokesman Jose Ruiz. Each of those groups has been designated by the U.S. government as a foreign terrorist ­organization. Ruiz said the posture statement was in reference to US Air Force ISR support for Colombian and Peruvian forces. Adam Isaacson of the Washington Office on Latin America, a ­human-rights nongovernmental organization, said he had not seen the figures from SOUTHCOM but said they would probably mostly be FARC in Colombia...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130530/C4ISR01/30530...

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