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1. 01-04 Colombia gripped by hostage saga Colombia
2. 01-04 FARC admit 'hostage boy' not held Bogota, Colombia
D. 01-09 Army catches key rebel leader Colombia
4. 01-10 Colombian rebels 'free hostages' Colombia
01-11 Chavez makes Colombia rebel call Venezuela
6. 01-13 Freed hostage sees son Colombia
7. 01-16 Letters reveal horror of hostages Colombia
I. 01-17 Thousands flee volcanic eruption Colombia

Summary.     Click for More > Betancourt reunited with family Betancourt joy at French return Video shows orderly hostage rescue Ex-jungle captive: 'We fought each other' Colombia used Red Cross logo in rescue Betancourt in plea to FARC rebels World rallies for FARC hostages' freedom 3 million bilked in pyramid schemes
Freed hostages reunited with families Chavez makes Colombia rebel call Freed hostage sees son Top FARC leader killed by Colombians   Raul Reyes, the top commander of left-wing guerrillas was killed in an air raid followed by a ground operation Ecuador cuts ties with Colombia   Leaders say Colombia crisis over   The presidents of Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia have shaken hands at a summit, marking the end of a crisis triggered by a cross-border rai... Chavez: Little chance to free Betancourt Rebels reject French aid to hostage Farc rebel link files 'genuine' Rebel leader surrenders  Nelly Avila Moreno, also known as 'Karina' surrendered, the latest major blow for insurgents who have waged war against the state for 40 ye... FARC commander calls for dialogue FARC leader dead  Defense ministry: Pedro Antonio Marin, known as Manuel Marulanda Vilez and nicknamed Tirofijo, is believed to have died of a heart attack FARC leader's death brings hostage hope End struggle, Chavez urges Farc Betancourt rescued from FARC
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  In a secret operation the Colombian military infiltrated rebel group and deceived its members into giving up 15 hostages.    Along with French-Colombian politician, 3 American contractors and 11 other hostages who were Colombian police were rescued. Appearing h...
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FARC admit 'hostage boy' not held Freed hostages reunited with families Map of Caracas Venezuela  2 hostages freed by Colombian rebels have landed in Caracas, where their friends and family carrying flowers clapped and embraced them   Chavez makes Colombia rebel call   Venezuelan President has called on the US and European governments to stop treating Colombian left-wing rebel groups as terrorists   Freed hostage sees son   Clara Rojas, who gave birth to a boy while she was being held hostage by Farc rebels has been reunited with her child after being freed   Top FARC leader killed by Colombians


January 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jan.4  Colombia gripped by hostage saga
Jan.9  Army catches key rebel leader
Jan.10  Colombian rebels 'free hostages'
 
Jan.11  
Jan.13  
Jan.16  Letters reveal horror of hostages
Jan.17  Thousands flee volcanic eruption
Jan.25  Rice talks trade on Colombia trip


February 2008 ... more > Top ^
Feb.2  Top Colombia drug lord killed
Feb.4  Millions march against rebels
Feb.18  Soldiers convicted of killing drug cops
Feb.27  Hostage mission begins
 4 hostages released by FARC


March 2008 ... more > Top ^
Mar.1  
  Raul Reyes, the top commander of left-wing guerrillas was killed in an air raid followed by a ground operation
 Ecuador has protested to Colombia over the incursion. Raul Reyes died along with at least 16 other rebels and one Colombian soldier
 Chavez in Farc raid 'war' warning Mar.2 Venezuela 'sends tanks to border' Ecuador leader 'linked to rebels'  Ecuador pulls diplomat from Bogota Mar.3   Ecuador cuts ties with Colombia  Ecuador has cut diplomatic ties with Colombia in a deepening crisis over a cross-border raid by Colombian troops  Chavez gave FARC $300M Mar.4  Colombia calls for Chavez charges  Ecuador seeks to censure Colombia Mar.5  OAS passes resolution on Colombian raid Mar.7     Leaders say Colombia crisis over
  The presidents of Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia have shaken hands at a summit, marking the end of a crisis triggered by a cross-border raid
 Second rebel leader killed Mar.9  Venezuela, Colombia restore ties Mar.23 Ecuadorean death report confirmed
Mar.25     Chavez: Little chance to free Betancourt  Venezuelan President: There is little chance FARC will free Colombian presidential candidate after that country's attack inside Ecuador Mar.27  Colombia offers FARC hostage deal Mar.29  France 'could take FARC rebels' Mar.31  'Ecuador incursion' into Colombia

April 2008 ... more > Top ^
Apr.3  Rebels demand exchange Apr.4  Doubt grows over hostage release Apr.8     Rebels reject French aid to hostage  French humanitarian mission dispatched to for hostage Ingrid Betancourt will soon leave Colombia Apr.15  Thousands flee erupting volcano Apr.22  Colombia orders Uribe ally arrest Apr.29  Major trafficker killed

May 2008 ... more > Top ^
May.7  Colombian warlord pleads not guilty May.15     Farc rebel link files 'genuine'  Interpol says Colombian officials did not tamper with computers which they claim provide proof Venezuela financed Farc rebels May.18     Rebel leader surrenders
  Nelly Avila Moreno, also known as 'Karina' surrendered, the latest major blow for insurgents who have waged war against the state for 40 years
May.19   FARC commander calls for dialogue  The commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia's Force 47 told reporters that 'the solution is not through war. There must be d... May.22 Official urges inquiry based on laptop info May.24   FARC leader dead
  Defense ministry: Pedro Antonio Marin, known as Manuel Marulanda Vilez and nicknamed Tirofijo, is believed to have died of a heart attack.    He is thought to be 78 years old. A national news magazine had earlier reported the death on 26 March, citing the defenc...
Earthquake kills six May.25 Rebels say leader dead May.26   FARC leader's death brings hostage hope  Relatives and friends of the hundreds of men and women held hostage in the jungles held out hope for their release May.28 Weeks of rain bring disease

June 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jun.8     End struggle, Chavez urges Farc  Venezuelan President has urged the new leader of Colombia's rebels to end their four-decade struggle and release all hostages

July 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jul.2   Betancourt rescued from FARC
  In a secret operation the Colombian military infiltrated rebel group and deceived its members into giving up 15 hostages
 Along with French-Colombian politician, 3 American contractors and 11 other hostages who were Colombian police were rescued. Appearing healthy after being held for 6 years in the jungle, Betancourt walked down from a military jet in Bogota and hugged her mother and husband
Uribe pushes for peace Jul.3     Betancourt reunited with family  The French-Colombian politician was among 15 hostages rescued without a shot being fired as their captors were tricked into handing them ove... Betancourt urges FARC peace talks Jul.4     Betancourt joy at French return
  Freed hostage has expressed her joy to be in France, 2 days after her dramatic release from captivity in the Colombian jungle     Video shows orderly hostage rescue   Colombia showed video of an orderly mission that ended in hugs and laughter for 15 hostages who were rescued from a guerilla group Jul.7   Ex-jungle captive: 'We fought each other'  The hostages held alongside Ingrid Betancourt in the jungle endured years of deprivation and abuse from the leftist rebels who kidnapped the... Jul.9 2 FARC members offered money Betancourt: FARC captivity 'was hell' Jul.10 FARC 'don't recognize humanity' Jul.11 Uribe and Chavez hail 'new era' Jul.15   Colombia used Red Cross logo in rescue
  Colombian military intelligence used the Red Cross emblem in a operation in which leftist guerrillas were duped into handing over 15 hostages Jul.20   Betancourt in plea to FARC rebels  The recently freed French-Colombian politician has urged her former captors, the Marxist rebels, to release all hostages   World rallies for FARC hostages' freedom  More than a million Colombians marked their independence day with marches and concerts demanding freedom for hostages still held by rebels

August 2008 ... more > Top ^
Aug.6 Red Cross probes emblem 'misuse'
Aug.22 Brazil hands 'drug baron' to US

September 2008 ... more > Top ^
Sep.22 Colombia seizes 'key Farc data'


October 2008 ... more > Top ^
Oct.26 Congressman kidnapped by FARC freed


November 2008 ... more > Top ^
Nov.4 Army chief resigns in wake of scandal
Nov.5 U.S. suspends some aid to Colombia Plan Colombia misses coca target Nov.12 Riot over pyramid scam Nov.13   3 million bilked in pyramid schemes  Millions of Colombians deposited their life savings after being promised short-term returns of as much as 150% Nov.23 Landslides kill 6 Nov.24 Uribe tells military: Probe abuse reports Nov.28 Marches urge FARC hostage release

December 2008 ... more > Top ^
Dec.21 FARC 'will release six hostages'
Dec.30 Colombia freezes fuel prices


FARC admit 'hostage boy' not held   Chavez makes Colombia rebel call   Venezuelan President has called on the US and European governments to stop treating Colombian left-wing rebel groups as terrorists   Top FARC leader killed by Colombians




Colombia, 2008 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
2008
Jan.4
Jan.9  Army catches key rebel leader
Jan.11
Feb.4  Millions march against rebels
Feb.18  Soldiers convicted of killing drug cops
Feb.27  4 hostages released by FARC
Mar.1
  Raul Reyes, the top commander of left-wing guerrillas was killed in an air raid followed by a ground operation
 Ecuador has protested to Colombia over the incursion. Raul Reyes died along with at least 16 other rebels and one Colombian soldier
Mar.2 Venezuela 'sends tanks to border'
Mar.3  Chavez gave FARC $300M Mar.7   Leaders say Colombia crisis over
  The presidents of Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia have shaken hands at a summit, marking the end of a crisis triggered by a cross-border raid
Mar.7  Second rebel leader killed Mar.23 Ecuadorean death report confirmed Mar.27  Colombia offers FARC hostage deal Mar.29  France 'could take FARC rebels' Mar.31  'Ecuador incursion' into Colombia Apr.8   Rebels reject French aid to hostage  French humanitarian mission dispatched to for hostage Ingrid Betancourt will soon leave Colombia May.15   Farc rebel link files 'genuine'  Interpol says Colombian officials did not tamper with computers which they claim provide proof Venezuela financed Farc rebels May.18   Rebel leader surrenders
  Nelly Avila Moreno, also known as 'Karina' surrendered, the latest major blow for insurgents who have waged war against the state for 40 years
May.19 FARC commander calls for dialogue  The commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia's Force 47 told reporters that 'the solution is not through war. There must be d... May.25 Rebels say leader dead Jun.8   End struggle, Chavez urges Farc  Venezuelan President has urged the new leader of Colombia's rebels to end their four-decade struggle and release all hostages Jul.2 Betancourt rescued from FARC
  In a secret operation the Colombian military infiltrated rebel group and deceived its members into giving up 15 hostages
 Along with French-Colombian politician, 3 American contractors and 11 other hostages who were Colombian police were rescued. Appearing healthy after being held for 6 years in the jungle, Betancourt walked down from a military jet in Bogota and hugged her mother and husband
Jul.2 Uribe pushes for peace Jul.3 Betancourt urges FARC peace talks Jul.9 2 FARC members offered money Jul.9 Betancourt: FARC captivity 'was hell' Jul.10 FARC 'don't recognize humanity' Jul.20 Betancourt in plea to FARC rebels  The recently freed French-Colombian politician has urged her former captors, the Marxist rebels, to release all hostages Sep.22 Colombia seizes 'key Farc data' Nov.4 Army chief resigns in wake of scandal Nov.5 U.S. suspends some aid to Colombia Nov.24 Uribe tells military: Probe abuse reports Dec.21 FARC 'will release six hostages'



Colombia, 2008 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.17  Thousands flee volcanic eruption Apr.15  Thousands flee erupting volcano May.24 Earthquake kills six
May.28 Weeks of rain bring disease Nov.23 Landslides kill 6



Colombia, 2008 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.25  Rice talks trade on Colombia trip Dec.30 Colombia freezes fuel prices




Colombia, 2008 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.4  Colombia gripped by hostage saga Jan.4 FARC admit 'hostage boy' not held
Jan.10  Colombian rebels 'free hostages' Jan.10 Freed hostages reunited with families
Map of Caracas Venezuela  2 hostages freed by Colombian rebels have landed in Caracas, where their friends and family carrying flowers clapped and embraced them Jan.13   Freed hostage sees son   Clara Rojas, who gave birth to a boy while she was being held hostage by Farc rebels has been reunited with her child after being freed Jan.16  Letters reveal horror of hostages Feb.2  Top Colombia drug lord killed Feb.18  Soldiers convicted of killing drug cops Feb.27  Hostage mission begins Feb.27  4 hostages released by FARC Mar.25   Chavez: Little chance to free Betancourt  Venezuelan President: There is little chance FARC will free Colombian presidential candidate after that country's attack inside Ecuador Apr.3  Rebels demand exchange Apr.4  Doubt grows over hostage release Apr.8   Rebels reject French aid to hostage  French humanitarian mission dispatched to for hostage Ingrid Betancourt will soon leave Colombia Apr.22  Colombia orders Uribe ally arrest Apr.29  Major trafficker killed May.7  Colombian warlord pleads not guilty May.26 FARC leader's death brings hostage hope  Relatives and friends of the hundreds of men and women held hostage in the jungles held out hope for their release Jul.2 Betancourt rescued from FARC
  In a secret operation the Colombian military infiltrated rebel group and deceived its members into giving up 15 hostages
 Along with French-Colombian politician, 3 American contractors and 11 other hostages who were Colombian police were rescued. Appearing healthy after being held for 6 years in the jungle, Betancourt walked down from a military jet in Bogota and hugged her mother and husband
Jul.3   Betancourt reunited with family  The French-Colombian politician was among 15 hostages rescued without a shot being fired as their captors were tricked into handing them ove... Jul.4   Video shows orderly hostage rescue   Colombia showed video of an orderly mission that ended in hugs and laughter for 15 hostages who were rescued from a guerilla group Jul.7 Ex-jungle captive: 'We fought each other'  The hostages held alongside Ingrid Betancourt in the jungle endured years of deprivation and abuse from the leftist rebels who kidnapped the... Jul.9 2 FARC members offered money
Jul.9 Betancourt: FARC captivity 'was hell' Jul.10 FARC 'don't recognize humanity' Jul.15 Colombia used Red Cross logo in rescue
  Colombian military intelligence used the Red Cross emblem in a operation in which leftist guerrillas were duped into handing over 15 hostages Jul.20 World rallies for FARC hostages' freedom  More than a million Colombians marked their independence day with marches and concerts demanding freedom for hostages still held by rebels Aug.22 Brazil hands 'drug baron' to US Oct.26 Congressman kidnapped by FARC freed Nov.5 Plan Colombia misses coca target Nov.12 Riot over pyramid scam Nov.13 3 million bilked in pyramid schemes  Millions of Colombians deposited their life savings after being promised short-term returns of as much as 150% Dec.21 FARC 'will release six hostages'



Colombia, 2008 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.11   Chavez makes Colombia rebel call   Venezuelan President has called on the US and European governments to stop treating Colombian left-wing rebel groups as terrorists Jan.25  Rice talks trade on Colombia trip Feb.4  Millions march against rebels Mar.1  Chavez in Farc raid 'war' warning Mar.2 Ecuador leader 'linked to rebels'
Mar.2  Ecuador pulls diplomat from Bogota Mar.3 Ecuador cuts ties with Colombia  Ecuador has cut diplomatic ties with Colombia in a deepening crisis over a cross-border raid by Colombian troops Mar.4  Colombia calls for Chavez charges Mar.4  Ecuador seeks to censure Colombia Mar.5  OAS passes resolution on Colombian raid Mar.7   Leaders say Colombia crisis over
  The presidents of Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia have shaken hands at a summit, marking the end of a crisis triggered by a cross-border raid
Mar.9  Venezuela, Colombia restore ties May.15   Farc rebel link files 'genuine'  Interpol says Colombian officials did not tamper with computers which they claim provide proof Venezuela financed Farc rebels May.19 FARC commander calls for dialogue  The commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia's Force 47 told reporters that 'the solution is not through war. There must be d... May.22 Official urges inquiry based on laptop info
May.24 FARC leader dead
  Defense ministry: Pedro Antonio Marin, known as Manuel Marulanda Vilez and nicknamed Tirofijo, is believed to have died of a heart attack.    He is thought to be 78 years old. A national news magazine had earlier reported the death on 26 March, citing the defenc...
Jul.2 Uribe pushes for peace Jul.3 Betancourt urges FARC peace talks Jul.4   Betancourt joy at French return  Freed hostage has expressed her joy to be in France, 2 days after her dramatic release from captivity in the Colombian jungle Jul.10 FARC 'don't recognize humanity' Jul.11 Uribe and Chavez hail 'new era' Jul.20 Betancourt in plea to FARC rebels  The recently freed French-Colombian politician has urged her former captors, the Marxist rebels, to release all hostages Jul.20 World rallies for FARC hostages' freedom  More than a million Colombians marked their independence day with marches and concerts demanding freedom for hostages still held by rebels Aug.6 Red Cross probes emblem 'misuse' Nov.4 Army chief resigns in wake of scandal Nov.5 U.S. suspends some aid to Colombia Nov.5 Plan Colombia misses coca target Nov.12 Riot over pyramid scam Nov.24 Uribe tells military: Probe abuse reports Nov.28 Marches urge FARC hostage release