Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia

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The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo), also known by the acronym of FARC or FARC-EP, is a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization based in Colombia, which is involved in the ongoing Colombian armed conflict.[11][12][13][14]

FARC-EP is a peasant army which has proclaimed itself to be a revolutionary agrarian, anti-imperialist Marxist-Leninist organization of Bolivarian inspiration.[11][15][16][17] It claims to represent the rural poor in a struggle against Colombia's wealthier classes, and opposes United States influence in Colombia (e.g. Plan Colombia), neo-imperialism, monopolization of natural resources by multinational corporations, and paramilitary or government violence. It funds itself principally through ransom kidnappings and taxation of the illegal drug trade.[18][19]

FARC-EP remains the largest and oldest insurgent group in the Americas. There are different estimates for the organization's membership. According to the Colombian government, FARC-EP had an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 members in 2008 -down from 16,000 in 2001– after losing much of their fighting force since President Álvaro Uribe took office in 2002.[3][20] In 2010, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos claimed FARC-EP may have less than 5,000 members left.[21] Other sources and analysts have reported that FARC-EP's fighting force is currently estimated to have around 9,000 to 10,000 guerrillas.[4][6][9][10][22] In 2007 FARC-EP Commander Raúl Reyes claimed that their force consisted of 18,000 guerrillas.[5]

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