FARC’s second-in-command Raul Reyes was killed by a Colombian air strike on 1 March, 2008 in northern Ecuador.
Colombian forces deployed to repatriate the longtime narco-terrorist’s corpse to Colombia also captured laptops/hard drives which yielded many thousands of pages of e-mails and other FARC documents which confirmed a very close strategic alliance between the FARC and President Hugo Chavez.
Among the few documents made public, several made reference to Chavez’s offer to give the FARC up to $300 million to help the narco-terrorist group’s “Bolivarian” war to topple Colombian democracy.
But what were these $300 million for?
The Colombian and US governments have never released any additional evidence from Reyes’ laptop that would clarify how the FARC intended to spend this money – which, fortunately, appears to have not been delivered.
However, official intelligence sources in the Andean region now have told Caracas Gringo that some of the $300 million which Chavez offered the FARC were to be used to fund terrorist attacks in Mexico aimed at destroying oil infrastructure – particularly key pipelines which transport crude to that country’s oil export terminals.
The strategic objectives were to destabilize Mexico and deprive the US of up to 1.2 million b/d (2008 data) of Mexican crude oil, of which 97% went to US Gulf Coast refineries. The US also imported 100,000 b/d of gasoline and other derivatives from Mexico in 2008, making Mexico the third largest source of foreign oil for the US after Canada (2.5 million b/d) and Saudi Arabia (1.5 million b/d).
But it gets worse.
The official intelligence sources say the FARC was in talks with the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, which is present in Venezuela among other countries in Latin America, to form joint strike groups to attack Mexico’s oil infrastructure.
Was President Chavez aware of this? The sources declined to comment.
But Chavez has a very substantial strategic/political alliance with the Iranian regime. One stated goal of this alliance of despots is to cripple/destroy the United States.
The Caracas-Tehran alliance includes dozens of energy, security and investment agreements worth tens of billions of dollars – on paper, anyway.
Iran reportedly is mining for uranium clandestinely in Bolivar state.
Iranian operatives (Revolutionary Guards?) reportedly are in Venezuela, where they are suspected of terrorist-related activities including training FARC (and Bolivarian) militants in the manufacture of improved explosive devices and other types of bombs which can be used in urban/rural areas.
This from the EIA in Washington, DC:
“Pemex operates an extensive pipeline network in Mexico that connects major production centers with domestic refineries and export terminals. This network consists of over 453 pipelines spanning 2,900 miles, with the largest concentration occurring in the southern part of the country. Mexico does not have any international pipeline connections; most exports leave Mexico via tanker from three export terminals in the southern part of the country: Cayo Arcas, Dos Bocas, and Coatzacoalcos. Mexico is consistently one of the top three exporters of oil to the U.S., along with Canada and Saudi Arabia. The close proximity of the U.S. market and the sophisticated level of refineries in the United States will continue to attract the bulk of Mexico’s oil exports.”
Mexico’s oil infrastructure has been attacked repeatedly in recent years by elements of the People’s Revolutionary Army (EPR), a Marxist militant group active mostly in southern Mexico. The EPR also reportedly has a substantial/growing presence in the country’s capital city and surrounding region.
The EPR is a small militant group responsible for a string of armed attacks on government and police installations in southern Mexico in the 1990s.
A press report about one the EPR’s more successful attacks several years ago says that explosives “ripped apart at least six Mexican oil and gas pipelines, rattling financial markets and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in lost production. The six explosions could be seen miles away, and set off fires that sent flames and black smoke shooting high above the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. The explosions occurred in valve stations where different pipelines intersect. At least nine states and Mexico City were affected.”
The FARC’s Bolivarian Continental Coordinator (CCB) is active in Mexico.
The FARC, which controls over half of Colombia’s cocaine industry, also has longtime alliances with Mexican drug cartels built on networks originally created in the late 1980s/early 1990s by the now-defunct Cali cartel.
Official intelligence sources tell Caracas Gringo that former Interior & Justice Minister Ramon Rodriguez Chacin, has visited Mexico repeatedly in recent years under one of his various (at least four) false identities.
Rodriguez Chacin has served as President Chavez’s personal link to the FARC since about 1994, and is cited repeatedly in documents extracted from Reyes’ laptop and made public as having pledged Chavez’s decision to give the FARC a $300 million “contribution.”