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Operation Condor

History records no less than three military operations dubbed Condor:

1. A French attempt to breakthrough to the besieged French Union forces at Dien Bien Phu[?]. Launched in much-reduced form on 13 April 1954 the relief columns were delayed by the rugged terrain and was cut up by the surrounding Viet Minh.

2. A counter-terrorism campaign of assassination and intelligence-gathering conducted jointly by the security services[?] of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay in the mid-1970s. The right-wing governments of these countries agreed to cooperate in sending teams into third countries, including France, Portugal and the United States to locate, observe and assassinate terrorists. One target in September, 1974 was the Venezuelan-born Illich Ramirez Sanchez[?] (a.k.a. “The Jackal”). After his involvement in murder of the Bolivian ambassador and a Chilean attaché in Paris as well as a Chilean diplomat in the Middle East, Ramirez was located by the Latin Americans in Europe. The American Central Intelligence Agency detected the Condor operation and alerted France and Portugal. They warned Ramirez, allowing him to escape.

3. A major British-led operation in Southeastern Afghanistan. The operation began on 17 May 2002 when a patrol of the Australian Special Air Service was ambushed. The British 45 Commando then flew in to destroy the guerilla force that had foolishly exposed itself. Followed Snipe[?], Torii[?] and Ancaconda.



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