Former FARC Commander Luciano Marin reads a statement announcing a return to arms [Screen grab of a video released on August 29, 2019/ Reuters]

Colombian troops have killed nine dissidents formerly of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in an air raid, the first since the group’s former leaders rejected a 2016 peace agreement and announced a return to arms. 

President Ivan Duque said on Friday he had authorised the military operation in rural areas of Colombia‘s south.

Few details of the operation were released, but Duque said the dead included a rebel known by his alias, Gildardo Cucho. The fighter was part of a group that former FARC Commander Luciano Marin, known by his alias Ivan Marquez, was looking to recruit to his new

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