The Colombian military has managed to plan and execute a daring operation that ended a long-running international hostage saga and upended Colombia’s four-decade civil war. Ingrid Betancourt,the French-Colombian politician and 15 other hostages, including three American contractors were rescued from the FARC(Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels in the jungles of Colombia. The FARC rebels have been duped by the military with the help of intelligence, precice planning and commitment. Ingrid Betancourt, whose captivity since 2002 has attracted attention worldwide. Its founder, Manuel Marulanda, has died; security forces killed its second-in-command, Raúl Reyes, in March; and some 3,000 combatants have deserted in the last year. FARC erans around $200 million a year from drug trafficking is a powerful force of several thousand fighters. But the raid combined with continued pressure might push the rebels to negotiate for peace.