From air, Colombia's FARC rebels are urged to surrender

CALAMAR, Colombia — The Vietnam-era Huey helicopter took off Tuesday from an army base in Colombia's rebel-controlled region on a mission to blast the Marxist fighters with the voice of Ingrid Betancourt, one of their former hostages.

"'Hey, guerrillas!" says the booming voice in Spanish. "This is Ingrid Betancourt. Those of you who can hear me, they respected the lives of your commanders and they'll respect yours if you demobilize."

The military operation is part of a psy-ops campaign to persuade the estimated 60 rebels who were guarding Betancourt, three American contractors and 11 other hostages to desert the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC — the oldest and largest active insurgency in Latin America.

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