All About Ecuador

ECUADOR / 8 MAY 2012

Security forces captured an alleged leader of the FARC's 48th Front in northern Ecuador, an area that has long been a key center of logistics for the rebels' Southern Bloc.

ECUADOR / 30 APR 2012

Ecuador's government is planning to increase the armed forces' involvement in law enforcement, a move which, although a practical response to rising crime, could have serious political consequences.

ECUADOR / 27 APR 2012

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa yesterday admitted that Colombia’s largest rebel group could be operating within his country’s borders, vowing to confront them with law enforcement and security forces.

ECUADOR / 25 APR 2012

A new US-sponsored wiretapping center will begin operations next month in El Salvador, aimed at stepping up efforts against crime in the country.

ECUADOR / 24 APR 2012

Ecuador's president has called organized crime the number one target for the country's military, in a sign that he is planning to expand the force's internal security role.

ECUADOR / 18 APR 2012

Ecuador destroyed some 411,000 poppy plants in a central province, in another indication that heroin production could be on the rise in the Andean country.

ECUADOR / 16 APR 2012

Colombian drug gang the Rastrojos may now control almost all the drug trafficking routes in Ecuador, shipping their product to Mexican groups like the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel, according…

ECUADOR / 16 APR 2012

Allegations that Ecuador’s lax immigration policies make it a strategic asset to terrorist organizations like al Qaeda are overblown, overshadowing the real danger: that the country is emerging as a…

COMBA / 19 MAR 2012

Ecuador has arrested, and swiftly deported, one of the brothers that head Colombia's powerful Rastrojos gang, again showing how many of Colombia's capos prefer to reside outside of the country.

ECUADOR / 12 MAR 2012

Ecuador found a coca plantation miles away from the Colombia border where the crop is usually concentrated, suggesting that production levels may be increasing inside the country.

ECUADOR / 8 MAR 2012

An assessment by the security forces reportedly says that Ecuador is home to an increasing number of organized criminal groups, and that the authorities have underestimated the problem.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 17 FEB 2012

Ecuador's military seized 170 firearms in the south of the country, raising the issue once again of the country's importance as a transit nation for small arms moving to Colombia.

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