Covert CIA program has helped kill at least 24 rebel leaders in Colombia

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  • The U.S. allegedly helped Colombia kill Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) leaders
  • The National Security Agency reportedly provided weapons and surveillance help in a secret multibillion-dollar program

A covert CIA program has helped Colombia’s government kill at least two dozen leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the rebel insurgency also known as FARC.

The National Security Agency has also provided ‘substantial eavesdropping help’ to the Colombian government, according to┬áThe Washington Post.

And the U.S. provided Colombia with GPS equipment that can be used to transform regular munitions into ‘smart bombs’ that can accurately home in on specific targets, even if they are located in dense jungles.

Blood bath: Policemen stand near the bodies of members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Cucuta on October 11, 2011. Seven Colombian soldiers and 11 guerrillas were killed in two separate clashes between the military and FARC guerrillasBlood bath: Policemen stand near the bodies of members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Cucuta on October 11, 2011. Seven Colombian soldiers and 11 guerrillas were killed in two separate clashes between the military and FARC guerrillas

In March 2008, Colombian forces killed a top FARC commander, Raul Reyes, in one of several jungle camps the rebels operated in Ecuador, just across the border.

The Post report said Colombia used U.S.-made smart bombs in the operation.

The report is based on interviews with more than 30 former and current U.S. and Colombian officials, who the Post said spoke on condition of anonymity because the program is classified and ongoing.

The CIA would not comment on the Post report.

Without going into detail, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos told the Post that the CIA has been ‘of help’, providing Colombian forces with ‘better training and knowledge’.

Raul Reyes: Colombian forces killed the top FARC commander in March 2008Raul Reyes: Colombian forces killed the top FARC commander in March 2008

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) members: A FARC gunman shoots at soldiers stationed in the mountains of Caldono, Cauca province in JuneRevolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) members: A FARC gunman shoots at soldiers stationed in the mountains of Caldono, Cauca province in June

The multibillion-dollar program was funded secretly and separately from $9 billion in aid that the U.S. has openly provided to Colombia, mostly in military assistance.

It was authorized by President George W. Bush and has continued under President Barack Obama, the newspaper reported.

Colombia’s government and FARC have been engaged in peace talks in Havana since late 2012, but there has been no ceasefire between the two sides.

Earlier this month Santos blamed the rebels for an attack on a police post that killed nine people, including civilians, military and a police officer.

The FARC rebels took up arms in 1964. The U.S.-backed military buildup has reduced FARC’s ranks to about 9,000 fighters and killed several top commanders, though the rebels insist they are still a potent force.

Leader: Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (right) listens to Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon during a promotion ceremony at a military school in Bogota on December 12Leader: Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos (right) listens to Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon during a promotion ceremony at a military school in Bogota on December 12

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