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Wars, Conflicts, and Coups of Colombia


Colombia is a Spanish-speaking nation on the northern and northwestern coasts of South America. The current president of Colombia is Álvaro Uribe Vélez. Colombia is an ally of the United States.

Colombia is currently embroiled in a long-running and complicated civil war, and has ongoing conflicts with neighboring Ecuador and Venezuela.


War of Independence (1811–1819) --

Gran Colombia-Peru War (1828–1829) --

War of the Supremes (1839–1841) --

Colombian Civil War (1860–1862)--

Ecuadorian-Colombian War (1863)--

Colombian Civil War of 1876 --

Colombian Civil War of 1885 --

Colombian Civil War of 1895 --

Thousand Days War (1899–1902) --

Panamanian Secession (1903)--Panamanian rebels, aided by the United States, seceeded from Colombia.

Colombia-Peru War (1932–1933) --

World War II (1939-1945) --Colombia joined with the Allies, but did not engage in any combat.

La Violencia (1948–1958) -- Civil War

The Korean War (1950–1953)-- Colombia sent an army battallion to join the American-led United Nations forces fight against the North Koreans and Chinese Communists.

Colombian Coup (1963)--Colombia's military commander-in-chief, General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla overthrew the ruling government and ruled Colombia as a military dicator until 1957.

Colombian Civil War (1964-Present)--

Colombia-Venezuela Conflict (2009)--

Colombia's commander in chief Gustavo Rojas Pinilla seized power by coup, ruling as dictator (1953-57).


Resources and Links on Colombia's Wars and Conflicts:

Colombia launches US drones over Venezuela – or was that 'Santa's sleigh'? --Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 22, 2009

Colombia denies Venezuela's claims of spy drones--BBC News, Dec. 22, 2009

Chavez Adds Dutch to His Enemies List --Korea Times, Dec. 22, 2009

Drones Violate Venezuelan Air Space near Colombian Border--Venezuelanalysis.com, Dec. 22, 2009

Tensions with Venezuela Rise Over New Colombian Military Base --Latin America News Dispatch, Dec. 21, 2009

Colombia to build new military base on Venezuelan border --Colombia Reports, Dec. 20, 2009


Colombia raps Venezuela over FARC rebel "insult" --Reuters, Dec 9, 2009





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