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| 9/28/2010 12:00:00 AM

Colombia's Leader Celebrates a Counterinsurgency Success

September 28--While in New York City, Santos spoke to TIME about Mono Jojoy, counterinsurgency strategy, relations with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and the current state of affairs in Latin America.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos arrived in New York City for the 2010 U.N. General Assembly session on the heels of a major victory: on Sept. 22, the Colombian army conducted a jungle raid on the rebels of FARC (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) that resulted in the death of an estimated 20 guerrillas, including Jorge Briceño, also known as Mono Jojoy, the rebels' No. 2 commander. For Bogotá, the win was just the latest advance in the government's counterinsurgency program known as Plan Colombia, which has received more than $5 billion in U.S. aid since 2000. Since that time, the size of FARC has roughly been halved to the current total of about 8,000 members. But those numbers have also been a source of controversy, as members of the army have been proven to inflate the total by killing civilians and then dressing the bodies in rebel uniforms. While in New York City, Santos spoke to TIME about Mono Jojoy, counterinsurgency strategy, relations with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and the current state of affairs in Latin America.


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