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By Arnold Lewis
July 26th, 2011
Rewritten February 21st, 2012

In 2008, outgoing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe declared, “it is the end of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).” The guerrillas moved into the jungles, and life for many Colombians in the country’s numerous small towns finally began to calm down. However, three years later, the FARC are on the rebound. Launching a new offensive in 2010, the FARC has changed its tactics, devolving from a military force that would fight for, capture, and hold territory to a guerrilla force focusing on hit-and-run tactics, as well as kidnapping and the increased use of explosives such as landmines and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices against civilian, police, military, and political targets.