Underlying recent allegations of collusion between the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Provisional Irish Republican
Army (IRA) is the oft-neglected fact that al Qaeda is not the only
international terrorist network. Long before Osama bin Laden’s Islamic
organization achieved notoriety through its attacks in America on
Sept. 11, 2001, other terrorist groups established operational bonds
with their counterparts and sponsors across the world. Such
collaboration flourished in the 1990s, and members of the
international terrorism community are believed to have trained in many
countries, often — but not always — with local government approval.
The list of countries in which such training has occurred includes:
Afghanistan; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Chile; Colombia; Iran; Iraq; Lebanon;
Libya; Mexico; North Korea; Pakistan; Peru; Russia; South Africa;
Sudan; Syria; and Turkey.
As this indicates, reports that foreign terrorists have been operating
within Colombia are neither entirely new nor particularly surprising.
Colombian groups such as FARC have long been known to contract…….
The post Globalizing Terrorism: The FARC-IRA Connection By Mark Burgess, Center for Defense Information Research Analyst
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