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  • The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army are an irregular military organization involved in the continuing Colombian armed conflict since 1964. The FARC-EP have a claim to be an army of peasants Marxist-Leninists with a political platform of agrarianism and anti-imperialism inspired by Bolivarianism. The operations of the FARC–EP are funded by kidnap to ransom, gold mining, and the production and distribution of illegal drugs. The strength of the FARC–EP forces is indeterminate; in 2007, the FARC said they were an armed force of 18,000 men and women; in 2010, the Colombian military calculated that FARC forces consisted of approximately 13,800 members, 50 per cent of which were armed guerrilla combatants; and, in 2011, the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, said that FARC–EP forces comprised fewer than 10,000 members. 26,648 FARC and ELN members have decided to demobilize since 2002. According to a report from Human Rights Watch, approximately 20-30% of the recruits are minors, most of whom are forced to join the FARC. The greatest concentrations of FARC guerrilla forces are in the south-eastern regions of Colombia's 500,000 square kilometers of jungle, in the plains at the base of the Andean mountain chain and in northwestern Colombia. However, the FARC and the ELN lost control of the territory, forcing them to hide primarily in remote areas in the jungle. Wikipedia

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