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COIN [counter-insurgency] warplanes not authorized in the fight against criminal gangs.
As seen at Voice of America thanks to the tip from Jungle Trader:
"Colombia to Use Air Bombing Raids Against Crime Gangs"
"BOGOTA— Colombia's armed forces will launch air raids on crime gangs involved in drug trafficking and illegal mining, the defense minister said Friday, as the government steps up its offensive against what it considers the biggest threat to national security."
"President Juan Manuel Santos authorized bombing raids on the gangs, which formed after a 2006 peace accord with right-wing paramilitary fighters failed to absorb many into society. There are about 3,000 members spread across three groups earning millions of dollars from illegal drugs and mining."
Before this there was FARC! NOW the scourge of last-scale criminality by outlaw gangs.
MILITARY FORCE AUTHORIZED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE CRIMINAL GANGS TO INCLUDE AERIAL ASSETS, CLOSE-AIR-SUPPORT.
Colombia having at their disposal a range of COIN warplanes to include
* Israeli Kfir.
* Super Tucano.
That latter from FIFTY YEARS ago known as "Puff the Magic Dragon".
It is worth noting that David Hackworth some time ago declaring the street gang the greatest internal security threat to the United States.
STREET GANGS HAVING THAT COMBINATION 0F NUMBERS, ORGANIZATION, WEAPONS, MONEY. ALSO RUTHLESSNESS!
NO use of military force to combat the American street gang. Colombia si, U.S. no! At least not yet.