Colombian army’s “numbers don’t add up” in war on FARC

The Colombian human rights organization CODHES has released a new analysis, entitled “The numbers do not add up,” challenging the government’s statistics of claimed successes against illegal armed groups (principally the FARC). The armed forced claim some 114,000 killed, captured or surrendered over the last six years. Yet those armed groups, according to previous government estimates, do not exceed 30,000 members. Even allowing for recruiting to replenish depleted ranks, the figures indicate eight fighters killed every single day in Colombia—something not substantiated by any other sources. (Radio Australia, Dec. 14; BBC News, Dec. 13)

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