Colombian National Army captures an ELN leader ‘Ernesto’

first_imgBy Dialogo October 03, 2014 For 18 years, an operative known as “Ernesto” worked his way up the ranks of the National Liberation Army and evaded capture by Colombian security forces. But his luck ran out on September 16, when soldiers with the Colombian National Army’s Second Division and agents with the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) used intelligence to capture him in the town of San Pablo, in a rural region in the department of Bolivar. They also rescued a male juvenile, who soldiers suspect Ernesto of recruiting about six months earlier. Additionally, they recovered a fragmentation grenade, 34 rounds of ammunition of different calibers, and documents relating to operations the ELN is planning, according to Vanguardia. Ernesto is top lieutenant of ELN leader ‘Familia’ Army officials believe Ernesto, about 42 years old and a native of Remedios, Antioquia, is the second-in-command in the ELN’s Heroes and Martyrs of St. Rosa Front. That makes him the alleged right-hand man of an ELN commander known as “Familia,” who’s suspected of coordinating terrorist support networks and organizing schemes to extort mine owners, palm oil farmers, and other business people and inhabitants in San Pablo and Cantagallo, another town in Bolivar. Familia has also allegedly worked for the ELN as an explosives instructor. Ernesto, meanwhile, became Familia’s top lieutenant after security forces captured “Marcos Embalado” in February. At the time, Marcos Embalado was the leader of the ELN’s Heroes and Martyrs of St. Rosa Front. The ELN moved Ernesto from the rural areas of Antioquia to southern Bolívar to fill the position left vacant by the arrest of Marcos Embalado. Strong blow against the ELN: analyst On June 14, Colombian police captured Alfredo Hernández as he watched a World Cup match at his home in the department of Bolívar. Before he was captured, Hernández, who is also known as “Mocho” or “Elkin”, was the alleged leader of the ELN’s Luis José Solano Sepúlveda Front. On May 26, Army soldiers with the 16th Cavalry Unit, attached to the 16th Brigade, killed Rito Ramón Barreto, an ELN leader who was also known as “Llanero” or “Criollo”. Llanero was the second in command of the ELN’s José Adonay Ardila Front. A little more than a month before soldiers killed Llanero, on April 19, Army soldiers killed an ELN regional leader who was known as “El Pollo” during an operation in the department of Bolivar. On December 25, 2013, soldiers with the Nueva Granada Batallion captured “Nelson,” a high-ranking leader of the ELN’s Heroes and Martyrs of St. Rosa Front, which operates in the Las Pavas region of Simití, Bolívar. This most recent arrest is just the latest in series of captures or killings of ELN leaders during the last nine months: center_img “It is a strong blow to the ELN to lose a leader with as much experience as Ernesto has,” said Néstor Alfonso Rosanía, director of the Center for Security, Defense and International Affairs Studies (CESDAI), in Colombia. “However, the organizational structure will allow a new leader to arise quickly within the group…each leader has a second and even third line replacement in the wings, who are at the same structural level but never from the same geographical area. This minimizes the impact of casualties and arrests.” “The guerrilla forces in Colombia have a collegiate command structure. The authorities have struck a disheartening blow to ELN’s guerrilla fighters with this arrest, and the authorities will continue the fight.” Ernesto’s capture also removes from the ELN one of the terrorist group’s key recruiters of children. “The ELN is becoming ever more deeply involved in recruiting uneducated minors in rural areas…[it’s] a human rights violation, both domestically and internationally. Undoubtedly, Colombian judicial system will open a case against the former ELN leader on those charges; legally, they must charge him.” Security forces deal strong blows to the ELN These captures and killings have hampered the terrorist group’s ability to carry out attacks, and continue to protect the civilian population of Colombia. The public forces do more without making these captures public and working quietly without making such a fuss because after a few days these enemies of calmness in the regions won’t take revenge. Chek it out and you will see the results SUPER, IN FRONT THIS IS OUR NATIONAL ARMY I like getting news about these bandits when the authorities catch them, but even so, that terrible scourge has no end. May the Lord bless our heroes of the National Army and the police, who expose their lives to give the Colombian people a measure of peace. We think it’s excellent that the information reaches us in Colombialast_img read more

Area Weekend Girls Basketball Scores

first_imgArea Girls Basketball Scores Saturday  (11-9)Lawrenceburg  47     Batesville  40Batesville was led in scoring by Catherine Raab with 19 points.The JV Lady Bulldogs fell in their home opener 27-20 against a tough Lawrenceburg team.  The Lady’s played excellent team defense but struggled on offense to make shots.  Leading the way for the bulldogs was  Emma Weiler with 8. Calley Kaiser added 6 followed by Sarah Ripperger with 3.  Rounding out the scoring was Carley Pride with 2 and Gabby Elston with 1.  Greensburg  56     Jac-Cen-Del  35Hauser  41     South Ripley  35Heritage Christian  61     East Central  53Union County  57     Milan  27Triton Central  75     North Decatur  41SW-Shelby  66     South Decatur  51Waldron  49     Tri  33SW-Hanover  65     Crothersville  47South Dearborn TourneyNew Washington  62     South Dearborn  35Perry Meridian  45     Lafayette Jeff  26Consolation-Lafayette Jeff  57     South Dearborn  40Championship-Perry Meridian  57     New Washington  27Morristown TourneyMorristown  68     Indy Herron  27Cascade  62     Tri-Central  37Consolation-Tri-Central  58     Indy Herron  23Championship-Cascade  48     Morristown  35Southport ClassicSouthport  65     Indy Ritter  41Decatur Central  60     Connersville  30Consolation-Indy Ritter  55     Connersville  35Championship-Southport  35     Decatur Central  26Friday  (11-8)Batesville  44     Hauser  40Batesville was led in scoring by Carlie Werner with 23 points.The JV Lady Bulldogs won their season opener against a scrappy Hauser team 32-19. The Bulldogs played great team defense! Sarah Ripperger led the team with 4 steals and multiple deflections. The dogs were led in scoring by Calley Kaiser with 10, and Emma Weiler with 8. Gabby Elston added 6  with a couple nice assists. Ava Hanson added two big baskets, with Olivia Raab and Sarah Ripperger rounding out the scoring with 2.  Austin  51     South Ripley  40Franklin County  70     Rising Sun  32Blue River  50     Waldron  44Rushville  68     New Castle  37Henryville  44     SW-Hanover  36Edinburgh  86     Indy Metro  19Jennings County  79     Rock Creek Academy  5last_img read more

Panel Discusion ‘Integration of Migrants through Football’ to be held in Bihac

first_imgAs part of the grassroots activities, the Football Federation of  Bosnia and Herzegovina  will organize a round table and panel discussions on the topic “Integration of Migrants Through Football” in Bihać on Friday, 26th June.With this project, the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to encourage social cohesion, and enable regular sports activities for migrants, with the aim of integration into society.The aim of the round table is to gather in one place relevant people from local government, NGOs, sports community and all others who can contribute to the planning and implementation of the project.The project will discuss the needs of migrants, and in what way and in which centres a football game can be organized, taking into account primarily the safety and health of migrants and the staff who work with them.Lecturers, who have extensive experience in organizing similar projects, will participate in this event live and online.last_img read more