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By Dialogo June 19, 2009 Bogotá, June 17 (EFE).- To mark the first anniversary of the “Operation Jaque” in which fifteen FARC hostages including former Colombian presidential candidate were liberated, Discovery Channel will release a documentary on the key role that the United States played in that operation. According to the documentary, presented today to the press in Bogotá, the United States’ played the major role in the covert operation. Washington provided the key technical resources for “Operation Jaque,” carried out on July 2, 2008, which freed Betancourt, American civilians Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell intelligence operators for the Department of Defence , and eleven Colombian military and police officers. An aircraft Platform ( intelligence) was provided by the United States to contribute to the communication network of the operation. The aircraft’s first task was to intercept radio communications of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). “We are always monitoring,” admits American Ambassador in Bogotá, William Brownfield, in a fragment of “El Rescate Perfecto” (“The Perfect Rescue”), the title of the documentary that recreates the operation in the Colombian eastern jungles, and that will be released on June 30. The film, directed by Colombian Jaime Escallón, presents in 43 minutes – ten of them of archive images – the details of the “Operation Jaque,” with emphasis on the three Americans. The documentary reconstructs the kidnapping of these Pentagon contractors, abducted on February 2003 in the Colombian southern jungle, after their plane crashed during a “Plan Colombia” mission, an American aid program offered to the South American country in support of the fight against drugs and guerrilla. The former Colombian general Mario Montoya admits in the documentary that the event forced the United States to assign several resources in the search for their citizens. Montoya led the Jaque’s planning and execution team as Army Commander. “El rescate perfecto” includes testimonies of 28 individuals involved in the operation, former hostages Gonsalves and Stansell declarations, as well as American expert in military affairs David Spencer’s statement. “We were interested in summing up what the operation meant (…), and they (Gonsalves and Stansell) also wanted to tell their stories,” said Colombian documentary producer Juan Pablo Santos during the presentation. According to Santos, this “is one of the most incredible stories of the Colombian conflict.” The producers of “El rescate perfecto” recorded approximately eighty hours in military barracks in the centre of the country and on flights over the jungle, among other scenarios. Speaking through a videoconference from Miami , the Director of Production and Development for the Discovery Networks in Latin America, Michela Giorelli, stated that the Colombian armed conflict and the FARC “are of importance for international history”. read more
By Amlan ChakrabortKOLKATA, India (Reuters) – Ishant Sharma and his pace colleagues wreaked havoc with the pink ball to put India in charge of their maiden day-night Test against Bangladesh at a heaving Eden Gardens yesterday.Armed with the heavily-lacquered ball, India’s three-pronged pace attack bundled out the tourists for 106 in front of a 60 000-strong crowd which included Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli then smashed fifties as India, 1-0 up heading into the second and final match of the two-Test series, finished day one on 174-3, to be on course for their 12th consecutive home series victory.Kohli (59 not out) and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (23 not out) will return today hoping to bat Bangladesh out of the second and final Test and sweep the series.Bangladesh, who were skittled out inside 31 overs, had to call two concussion substitutes after Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan sustained nasty blows to helmet.Earlier, India’s pace trio took less than three hours to rout the tourists after Mominul Haque’s decision to bat backfired.After the lull of the first six overs, Ishant drew first blood, trapping Kayes lbw en route to impressive figures of 5-22.New-ball partner Umesh Yadav (3-29) immediately benefitted from a change of ends, dismissing Mominul and Mithun in the same over to trigger a spectacular batting collapse.Ishant attributed his success to his relaxed approach to the game after more than a decade in international cricket.“I’ve reached that stage in life where I don’t entertain unnecessary worry about my career. That has been a big change,” said the 31-year-old.“I’m enjoying my game a lot more and the healthy competition within the pace department has also helped me improve.”India captain Kohli had predicted close-in fielders would struggle to catch the harder, faster pink balls but his fears proved unfounded.Rohit took a diving one-handed catch to send back Mominul, Wriddhiman Saha flew to his right to cut short Mahmudullah’s stay and Pujara dived forward to pouch a low catch to remove Mehidy Hasan Miraz.Opener Shadman Islam top-scored for Bangladesh with 29, while Liton retired hurt on 24 after being hit on the helmet by a Mohammed Shami delivery.Mehidy came on as concussion substitute and Mithun replaced Liton behind the stumps when India came out to bat.Bangladesh needed a second concussion substitute in Taijul Islam after Nayeem also sustained a hit on the helmet by another vicious Shami delivery.Indian openers looked at ease against the pink ball but neither Mayank Agarwal (14) nor Rohit (21) could convert their starts.Pujara and Kohli helped India eclipse Bangladesh’s paltry total with their 95-run stand.Pujara made 55 before edging Ebadot Hossain, who unfurled his second salute celebration, but Kohli went on to complete 5 000 runs as Test captain.“Their bowling attack is probably the leading bowling attack in the world,” Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo told reporters.“They’ve put a lot of sides under pressure with their discipline, pace and aggression … they are better than we at the moment, no doubt about that.”BANGLADESH 1st inningsShadman Islam c Wriddhiman Saha b Umesh Yadav 29Imrul Kayes lbw Ishant Sharma 4Mominul Haque c Rohit Sharma b Umesh Yadav 0Mohammad Mithun b Umesh Yadav 0Mushfiqur Rahim b Mohammed Shami 0Mahmudullah c Wriddhiman Saha b Ishant Sharma 6Liton Das Retired Hurt 24Nayeem Hasan b Ishant Sharma 19Ebadat Hossain b Ishant Sharma 1Mehidy Hasan c Cheteshwar Pujara b Ishant Sharma 8Al-Amin Hossain not out 1Abu Jayed c Cheteshwar Pujara b Mohammed Shami 0Extras: (b-8, lb-6) 14Total: (all out, 30.3 overs) 106Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-17, 3-17, 4-26, 5-38, 6-60, 7-82, 8-98, 9-105. Bowling: Ishant Sharma 12-4-22-5 Umesh Yadav 7-2-29-3, Mohammed Shami 10.3-2-36 -2, Ravindra Jadeja 1-0-5-0.INDIA 1st inningsMayank Agarwal c Mehidy Hasan b Al-Amin Hossain 14Rohit Sharma lbw Ebadat Hossain 21Cheteshwar Pujara c Shadman Islam b Ebadat Hossain 55Virat Kohli not out 59Ajinkya Rahane not out 23Extras: (lb-1, w-1) 2Total: (three wkts, 46.0 overs) 174Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-43, 3-137.Bowling: Al-Amin Hossain 14-3-49-1, Abu Jayed 12-3-40-0, Ebadat Hossain 12-1-61-2 (w-1), Taijul Islam 8-0-23-0 . read more