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.
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On Thursday, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents put Ramirez, aka César, in shackles, marched him aboard an aircraft here in Bogota and took him to the U.S. to stand trial for his crimes. Our FOX News "War Stories" team was here to record the event — and a whole lot more — so that we can tell the story about the heroes who are waging and winning the shadowy fight against narco-terror.
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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