All About Shining Path

ARGENTINA / 8 MAY 2015

Investigators in Argentina believe police officers and former members of Peru's Shining Path guerrillas are behind the recent kidnapping of a wealthy businessman, raising concerns that the country’s kidnapping groups…

PERU / 3 FEB 2015

IDL-Reporteros looks at the casualties suffered during Peru's guerrilla conflict in the so-called VRAEM region over a 30-year period, highlighting changing strategies, as well as successes and setbacks, in relation…

PERU / 4 NOV 2014

In a double blow that's indicative of how the drug trade works in Peru's primary coca-growing region, authorities have disbanded what they say was a major crime ring dedicated to…

PERU / 28 OCT 2014

A tactical manual attributed to Peru's Shining Path guerrilla group sets out tighter security protocols and calls for targeted attacks on their critics, in what is likely an effort to…

PERU / 14 OCT 2014

With the help of locals, drug trafficking groups in Peru's VRAEM have rebuilt more than a quarter of the clandestine airstrips destroyed by security forces in 2014, indicating that new…

PERU / 8 SEP 2014

Peru's Shining Path rebel movement has released a video showing its fighters, several very young, parading with an impressive arsenal, as the group seeks to show it is still a…

PERU / 23 JUL 2014

A US indictment against commanders of Peru's Shining Path guerrilla group is a boost to the Peruvian security forces' campaign for increased US support against the insurgency. However, the charges…

COCA / 16 JUL 2014

Government figures show Peru is on track to meet its 2014 coca eradication goals, but the authorities' focus on central areas at the expense of the VRAEM region betrays ongoing…

PERU / 14 JUL 2014

According to the UNODC, the number of hectares of coca cultivated in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia has decreased. Somebody should tell that to the drug traffickers in Peru's VRAEM region,…

COCA / 17 JUN 2014

Peru has become the biggest cocaine producer and exporter in the world. In the main cultivation region, farmers make their living selling coca leaf with no questions asked. Those in…

COCA / 6 JUN 2014

Peru has slashed its coca eradication goal in the country's main coca growing region and backed away from plans for forced eradication, confirming a dramatic policy u-turn it says is…

PERU / 15 MAY 2014

Peru is poised to become the focal point of global efforts to combat the production and transportation of illegal narcotics in South America. Between 2006 and 2011, US agencies provided…

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