Sendero Luminoso secuestró 5 soldados del Ejército de Perú en el 2009

Publicado en 'Actualidad Nacional' por joe guevara, 19 Dic 2010.





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    La Embajada en Lima informa en 2009 del rescate de cinco soldados que habían sido raptados por Sendero Luminoso.

    Esto fue durante el periodo en que Rafael Rey Rey fuera Ministro de Defensa.
    Figuras muy importantes de la política peruana públicamente pidieron la ayuda de USA en el rescate de los militares peruanos.

    General Hidalgo pregunto sobre el uso de helicópteros de NAS para evacuación.
    Luis Gonzales Posada (quien algunos sindican como informante a favor de otros países) declaro que Perú fue abandonado en la lucha contra el terrorismo y narcotráfico por la comunidad internacional.

    Ministro de Defensa Rafael Rey Rey también hizo comentarios similares.

    Tiempo después se retractaron.


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    ID:223894Date:2009-09-04 21:01:00Origin:09LIMA1309Source:Embassy LimaClassification:CONFIDENTIALDunno:09LIMA1299Destination:VZCZCXYZ0000
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    ZNY CCCCC ZZH
    P 042101Z SEP 09
    FM AMEMBASSY LIMA
    TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1176
    INFO RUEHAC/AMEMBASSY ASUNCION 0010
    RUEHBO/AMEMBASSY BOGOTA 0018
    RUEHBR/AMEMBASSY BRASILIA 8517
    RUEHBU/AMEMBASSY BUENOS AIRES 4093
    RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS 1496
    RUEHLP/AMEMBASSY LA PAZ SEP MONTEVIDEO 9816
    RUEHQT/AMEMBASSY QUITO 0011
    RUEHSG/AMEMBASSY SANTIAGO 0009
    RHEHAAA/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC
    RUMIAAA/USCINCSO MIAMI FL
    C O N F I D E N T I A L LIMA 001309

    SIPDIS

    E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/03/2019
    TAGS: PTER, SNAR, SOCI, PGOV, MOPS, PE
    SUBJECT: VRAE: GOP MOUNTS RESCUE OP FOR STRANDED SOLDIERS

    REF: LIMA 1299

    Classified By: DCM James Nealon for reasons 1.4(b) and (d).

    1. (C) Summary: At approximately 1100 hrs on September 4,
    Peruvian armed forces successfully overcame small arms fire,
    weather delays and capability limitations, and rescued five
    wounded soldiers stranded in the aftermath of the September 2
    Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso, SL) attack on a Peruvian air
    force (FAP) helicopter (ref). The attack and rescue are
    perceived as symbolically significant and government troops
    remain in the area and continue to battle SL forces. Major
    challenges include the area's rough terrain, altitude, and
    topography, in addition to security forces' lack of
    intelligence, logistical lift and proper equipment. The US
    provided only modest support to the rescue operation, despite
    prominent political leaders public call for US assistance.
    End summary.

    2. (C) Peruvian armed forces successfully overcame daunting
    obstacles, including intense small arms fire, to rescue by
    air five wounded soldiers trapped in the wake of the
    September 2 SL skirmish and subsequent attack on a Peruvian
    air force (FAP) helicopter. The bodies of the three KIA crew
    members still remain at the site, along with the rest of the
    patrol (reportedly around 20-30). Military contacts indicate
    that an additional group of 50-odd combat soldiers arrived
    over land from Huachocolpa on September 3 to reinforce the
    besieged original patrol.

    Observations
    -------------
    3. (C) The September 2 latest attack is significant: after
    several previous attempts, this is the first time since 1999
    SL has downed a helicopter. Besides the high-profile blow,
    the importance of the successful rescue loomed large, since
    experts acknowledge that a failure could have had a
    devastating impact on soldiers' morale. Authorities are
    uncertain on how the soldiers' continued engagement will
    proceed given the troops' bare-bones logistical abilities
    against an enemy who is more used to the area's rough
    terrain, high altitude, and topography. Dense jungle make it
    nearly impossible to spot SL columns' locations at any given
    moment. Elevations of around 12,000 feet makes the use of
    heavy armored helicopters unfeasible, even if the FAP had
    them. The FAP is understandably wary of sending helicopters
    back to the same location for fear of additional attacks, and
    dropping special forces onto a neighboring hill could mean
    several days of trekking over steep terrain to get to the
    site of the attack.

    4. (C) Embassy military and security experts are in contact
    with their Peruvian counterparts, but operational security
    (OPSEC) for the ongoing mission is tight. For this reason the
    following information cannot be confirmed.

    -- Since the original patrol was reinforced by another fifty
    fresh troops (infantry or special forces), it suggests that
    more ground reinforcements could be inserted to fight the SL
    if needed.

    -- The logic to remain engaged with the SL in this
    strategically unimportant area only makes military sense if
    the security forces are sufficiently strong enough to inflict
    meaningful damage on the SL.

    -- A knowledgeable analyst cautioned that SL could be
    diverting security forces' attention away from its true next
    target to some place else in the VRAE.

    -- The medical evacuation of the five WIA soldiers was
    accomplished via helicopter -- a dangerous proposition since
    there is still thought to be up to four SL elements holding
    the high ground above the government soldiers.

    -- It is unclear if SL was able to recover the two
    crew-served weapons (7.62 mm MAGs) and belts of ammunition
    that were onboard the downed MI-17 helicopter.

    -- We understand that the FAP and Army (EP) currently have no
    more than five mission-capable MI-17s. None of these craft
    are armored or configured as gunships.

    -- Should the GOP security forces decide to persist in the
    area, they will have to locate the enemy and then "shoot,
    move and communicate" to prevent any other helicopters from
    being shot down.

    Political Ramifications:
    ------------------------
    5. (C) Prominent political leaders publicly called for the
    US to assist in the rescue operation. (Embassy assistance to
    the rescue operation was limited to providing appropriate
    recent satellite imagery, though the density of triple-canopy
    jungle makes this imagery of limited use.) Police Director
    General Manuel Hidalgo also inquired about the possible use
    of NAS helicopters for the evacuation. We informed him that
    altitude, weather and hostile conditions precluded the use of
    NAS' UH-IIs for the mission. APRA Congressman (and former
    President of Congress and the Congressional Defense
    Committee) Luis Gonzales Posada remarked on September 3 that
    Peru was being "abandoned by international cooperation" in
    its fight against terrorism and narcotrafficking. Earlier in
    the week, Defense Minister Rafael Rey made a similar remark,
    saying it was a shame Peru did not have U.S. assistance in
    the VRAE. Rey later backed off from some of his statements
    in light of the Colombia DCA controversy that took place at
    the Bariloche UNASUR meeting of presidents.

    Comment: Another Wake-up Call?
    ------------------------------
    6. (C) This incident illustrates once again the Peruvian
    military's shortcomings in confronting the remnants of
    Sendero Luminoso in the VRAE. To date, there has been little
    indication that the GOP can be serious about investing
    greater resources in the VRAE. The immediate
    finger-pointing, whether aimed at us or at Peruvian political
    actors, hampers the political debate and leaves the issues
    unresolved until the next bloody skirmish. We have attempted
    to assist the GOP in identifying and defining workable
    solutions, and will continue to do so. End Comment.
    MCKINLEY


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