Fox News | 7/17/2009 12:00:00 AM
The War Against Narco-Terror
Jul 17--He called himself "César" but his real name is Gerardo Aguilar Ramirez. As "commandanté of the 1st Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia," and one of the top 10 leaders of the hyper-violent FARC, he has well-earned credentials as a drug-dealing terrorist with a penchant for trading in hostages.
It may not be a familiar term to most of us, but narco-terror is nothing new to the 5,300 special agents of the U.S. DEA or the allies they have made in 63 nations around the world. Here in Colombia, source of half the world's cocaine, FARC thugs like César have made themselves "high value targets" in the twilight struggle against illegal narcotics and terrorism. When he was arrested on July 2, 2008 during a dramatic hostage rescue operation, César was holding 15 hostages; among them, Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three American citizens.
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