Monday, March 12, 2018

Andean Abyss begins? Maybe

I managed to get it set up and take a few pics to chronicle my journey as the Government of Colombia attempts to take on the drug cartels that rule the land outside the cities. 

Medellin looks quiet and secure at the start of a #AndeanAbyss game... but communist #FARC forces loom in the jungles of Choco-Cordoba. The National Police of Colombia (Spanish: Policía Nacional de Colombia) is the national police force of Colombia. Although the National Police is not part of the Military Forces of Colombia (Army, Navy, and Air Force), it constitutes along with them the "Public Force" and is also controlled by the Ministry of Defense. 

Cali on the other hand is not in the control of the police. In the picture below green is a cartel guerrilla and a cartel base.

The Cali Cartel was based in southern Colombia, around the city of Cali and the Valle del Cauca Department. Its founders were the Rodríguez Orejuela brothers, Gilberto and Miguel, and José Santacruz Londoño, also known as "Chepe". They broke away from Pablo Escobar and his Medellin associates in the late 1980s when Hélmer Herrera, also known as "Pacho", joined what became a four-man executive board that ran the cartel.
With connections to British and Israeli mercenaries, allies among countries, countless spies and informants in the government, and its vast intelligence and surveillance network throughout the city of Santiago de Cali, the cartel was once renowned and compared to the Soviet KGB by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which called it, "One of the most powerful crime syndicates in history", later dubbed "The Cali KGB".

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