British military involvement in Colombia
The British Government claims that the British military is not involved in Colombia. These photographs show that this is untrue. Click on any of the photos to see a larger version. If you have any photos showing British military personnel in Colombia, or know somebody who might, please get in touch with our office.
This photograph was taken in March 2010 in Colombia. On the right is a Major in the Parachute Regiment of the British Army, on the left a Colombian soldier. Other British soldiers, including a Colonel, can be seen in the background.
In this 2007 photo British Foreign Officer Minister Kim Howells can be seen posing with members of a notorious ‘High Mountain Battalion’ of the Colombian Army. The unit in the photo was responsible for torturing to death three trade union activists in 2005 and forcibly disappearing the son of another trade unionist in July 2008.
This 2008 photo shows a group of British Special Forces standing in front of a Black Hawk helicopter in Colombia. A Colombian solider can also be seen to the right in the background.
This photo shows Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos having just disembarked from a Colombian Air Force plane accompanied by several Colombian soldiers. The man behind him to his right, with the black beret, is an unidentified British soldier.
This photo shows the former British Ambassador in Colombia, Sir Tom Duggin, speaking with an unidentified group of British soldiers at a military base in Bogota.
Two British Army officers talking to a Colombian colleague at a Colombian military base, the photo was probably taken in 2005.
An unidentified group of British soldiers talking to two Colombian military officers at a base somewhere in Colombia.
These three British military officers were photographed in Bogota in 2009.
This 2005 photograph shows former Minister of Defence Bill Rammell at a military base in Bogota along with several Colombian military officers. The officer in the light coloured suit is from the British Army.
Francisco Ramirez, a former counterinsurgency specialist in the Colombian security forces, says that he was trained by British troops.
Former SAS member Gaz Hunter (a pseudonym), claims that this photograph of him was taken in Colombia. The uniformed men in the background do appear to be Colombian police officers.
The soldiers in this photograph taken in an unknown rural region of Colombia are probably a mixture of US and British Special Forces.