President Juan Manuel Santos announces Colombia’s police had seized over 13 tons of cocaine, which he said was the largest single drug seizure in the history of the country. The drugs, worth $360 million, belonged to the Clan of the Gulf and were seized from four separate sites, according to NPR. The bust was part of a bigger operation that so far has seized 362 tons of cocaine in 2017.
When Juan Manuel Santos was elected president in August 2010, he promised to “continue the armed offensive” against rebel movements. In the month after his inauguration, FARC and ELN killed roughly 50 soldiers and policemen in attacks all over Colombia. September also saw the killing of FARC’s second-in-command Mono Jojoy. By the end of 2010, it became increasingly clear that “neo-paramilitary groups”, referred to as “criminal groups” (BACRIM) by the government, had become an increasing threat to national security, with violent groups such as Los Rastrojos and Aguilas Negras taking control of large parts of the Colombian countryside.
In October 2016, President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long war to an end.The Colombian government and the FARC on November 24 signed a revised peace deal and the revised agreement will be submitted to Congress for approval. The House of Representatives unanimously approved the plan on November 30, a day after the Senate also gave its backing.
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