The Colombian Armed Forces are learning from their American counterparts how to share intelligence, sustain and support troops on a long-term basis, and identify and counter improvised explosive devises, reported Time magazine. The FARC’s hit-and-run tactics, which number about 8,000, are very similar to what the Taliban is doing now.
In turn, the Americans are learning from the Colombians the value of patience in a counterinsurgency battle. Colombians have been battling guerrillas for nearly four decades.
Americans are also learning the key to success is the ability of the U.S. and NATO to train the Afghan forces so that they can take over security of their own country. The Colombian forces are largely viewed as legitimate throughout Colombia.