Colombian Guerillas Capture US Soldier, Will Release Him
Colombian guerrillas from FARC, a right wing paramilitary group financed by large-scale drug smuggling operations, claim to have captured an American soldier, but say they will release him as a ‘gesture’ of peace with the government Bogota.
A FARC statement posted online claims that the group captured a US soldier named Kevin Scott Sutay in Colombia on June 20th in Retorno, Guaviare, Colombia. They claim that although they are within their rights to hold Sutay as a “prisoner of war”, they have decided instead to release him “as a goodwill gesture while peace talks are under way between the FARC and the Colombian government.”
The statement also claims that the capture of Sutay proves that the US military personnel are actively involved in counter-insurgency operations in Colombia “under the guise of contractors”.
The US State Department have so far refused to comment, or to confirm whether then prisoner is still employed by the American military. Mr Sutay himself told his captors what he was in the US Navy up until March this year.