Colombian forces have for the first time killed one of FARC's top leaders, the BBC reports. The military attacked a rebel camp and killed Raul Reyes, a member of the group's ruling secretariat who had been a top candidate to take over the organization. The attack comes just days after FARC released four hostages, but President Uribe has rejected requests to grant the group concessions.
Reyes, 59, had been the group’s main voice in international negotiations, including the failed three-year talks with the previous government. Sixteen other rebels were killed in the attack, which targeted a camp a mile inside the Ecuadorian border. It's the "biggest blow" in FARC's 44-year history, a Colombian official said.