December 28th, 2011
10:32 AM ET

FARC to release 6 hostages

Colombia's main leftist rebel group says it plans to release six hostages, including three who have been in captivity for more than 12 years.

The FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has been at war with the Colombian government since the 1960s. While severely weakened in recent years, the guerrilla group has continued to carry out kidnappings and attack security forces.

It said the hostages to be released include three national police officers, Jorge Trujillo Solarte, Jorge Humberto Romero and Jose Libardo Forero. All of three were taken hostage in 1999.

The names of the other three hostages would be forthcoming, the FARC said.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    In other news from Colombia:

    December 28, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Kept in captivity huh? Like they were in a zoo? Sheesh idiots! All for drugs!

    December 28, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    What kind of government lets a leftist rebel group hold hostages for twelve years?
    I guess the government of Colombia didn't want to be accused of using "brutal force," as Syria's government was.

    December 28, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    They're not dead, at least.
    There's no comparison, JIF.
    Apples to oranges.

    To answer your question: the kind of government that is primarily driven by cocaine.

    Hi, chrissy.

    December 28, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Are these the same six we were dicussing last month ?

    December 28, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    good morning banasy, Joey! They are to close in proximity to their crop it sounds like! They shouldb learned *no sniffin da coco leaf* lmao

    December 28, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO

    What a bunch of FARCing maniacs. Is the coffee crop still safe?

    December 28, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    lol @ BOMBO! Nicely put!

    December 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Juan Valdez

    Yes the coffee is safe, my friends. Many know Colombia as a source of cocaine, but we all know it as a source of another addictive substance, don't we?

    December 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bigwilliestyles

    @ juan: yeah, but coffee's LEGAL, so that makes it ok, right? You know, like cigarettes, right?

    December 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TCR C2

    Its a good thing to release these people , but whos turn is it now the farc can be ruthless it doesnt matter to them. If we could get a handle on this regime i know for a fact that the drug/ cartel problem would let up in mexico. Thai is were the cocain is coming from ask the us government, but they would lie anyways

    December 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TCR C2

    Yes the people and culture is very addicting, and the coffee is the best

    December 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    I think so; who knows?

    December 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BOMBO

    Why would anyone wander around in a jungle for years, especially while hauling hostages around with them? Chavez must be paying them pretty well to keep this up.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    It's a little early in the game to be focusing on Chavez. Iran first, then Venezuela. Let's get Iran invaded and occupied and then start focusing on Chavez. But in the meantime, know that CITGO is Venezuela's national oil corporation. Don't bother boycotting CITGO. We will be depending on them for gasoline until that pipline running from Canada to Houston is operational, and until we figure out how to safely tap-into the Gulf of Mexico's deeper wells like the Deepwater Horizon. We still depend on Venezuela for oil, and would only be shooting ourselves in the foot if we were to pull the trigger on Venezuela prematurely.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
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