By Dialogo February 18, 2010 Colombian forces in the south of the country have killed four FARC guerillas, including a leader believed responsible for an attack on the Palace of Justice in Cali in 2008 that left four dead and believed to have participated in the kidnapping of twelve regional deputies in 2002. EFE received confirmation of this today from the head of the Pacific Joint Command, Gen. Justo Eliseo Peña, who specified that the operation was carried out Monday in the town of López de Micay, in the department of Cauca (in the southwest), where the leader known as “Narices” [‘Noses’] died. Iván Cárdenas Carrillo or “Narices” was, according to General Peña, the commander of the “Manuel Cepeda Vargas” Front, a faction of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). He added that following the joint operation by the Colombian army, navy, and air force, more than twenty weapons and documents in the power of the rebels were recovered. “Now it will be the responsibility of the Attorney-General’s Office to verify the authenticity of the document that one of those killed was carrying and from which we know that he was the man known as Narices,” Gen. Peña indicated to EFE. With the death of Narices and three other FARC guerrillas, “we’ve taken a weight off of Cali and the south of the country in general, since they were committing crimes in this region,” the officer explained. Among the charges against the guerilla leader were attacks on police stations in Buenaventura and the kidnapping of the twelve regional deputies from El Valle in 2002. In 2007, eleven of the twelve regional legislators died while in the hands of the FARC, in a confused encounter between rebel factions. He was also accused of responsibility for the attack on the Palace of Justice in Cali, which cost four lives and left another twenty-six people wounded, and of numerous kidnappings in the Colombian southwest.
Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has ruled out the possibility of Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan returning to the Premier League on loan during the Major League Soccer off-season. The pair have both had loan spells in England in recent years with Keane spending two months at Aston Villa at the start of 2012 while Donovan joined Everton on loan in 2010 and 2012. The Toffees have again been linked with the United States international but Arena is adamant Donovan and Keane – along with defender Omar Gonzalez – are going nowhere. Press Association Arena told Galaxy’s All-Access podcast on LAGalaxy.com: “Our players aren’t going anywhere. “Even though we argue that the [off-season] lay-off is going to be too long, he (Gonzalez) can go in camp with the US national team in January, along with Landon Donovan. “Our players have had a really tough run this year, in particular Robbie [Keane] and Omar with all their requirements with national teams. “They’ve had a full 11 months of play and they need some time off and then they need to get back here in LA and be ready for a challenging campaign that includes in the beginning not only the league but the [CONCACAF] Champions League.”