Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Nov. 30 that the United States no longer designates the guerrilla group known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, as a terrorist organization. The decision comes five years after a peace agreement between the group and the Colombian government in 2016. Blinken said the designations of two new terrorist groups—which call themselves Segunda Marquetalia and the FARC-EP, or the “people’s army”—will remain. The groups have evolved as splinter factions of the FARC. “The decision to revoke the designation does not change the posture with regards to any charges, or potential charges, in the United States against former leaders of the FARC, including for narcotrafficking,” Blinken said in a statement. Conflicts with the FARC have left 262,197 people dead. Only 46,813 of these casualties are listed as combatants, according to Colombian government records. Established in 1964 as the militant branch …


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