The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC

  • Is Colombia's oldest and best organized insurgent group
  • Was established in 1964 as the military wing of the Colombian Communist Party, only nominally Marxist today
  • Finance operations largely through drug operations and kidnappings
  • Suffered major defeats since start of U.S.-backed counterinsurgency effort in 2000
  • Last peace talks with government collapsed in 2002