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The Olympic-style military competition tests the skills that the Special Forces from each competing Army practice daily in the fight against terrorist groups and transnational criminal organizations. The country teams met the challenges of “the bothersome climate, the nature of the infrastructure, and the obstacle course, which is one of the most difficult ones to negotiate in a competition,” Lieutenant Colonel Martínez said. Bolstering regional cooperation “The winning team does not win a cash prize or anything like that. It goes beyond a purely monetary award. The trophy that the champions receive represents the efforts they made during the week in a competition that perfects their abilities to fight terrorism.” The Special Forces competition, which features six service members and an alternate from each participating military in each team, is designed to increase regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, improved training, readiness, and interoperability among the region’s Special Forces. “They are not simply teams for a competition, but operational units that have selected the competitors for this event from amongst their personnel,” said Lieutenant Colonel Ángel Martínez, exercise and training director for SOCSOUTH. It was Colombia’s seventh victory in the event, which was sponsored by the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and executed by the U.S. Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH). The country’s team had won four straight championships from 2005-2008. This year, it defeated 18 teams from the Americas and Europe during the competition at the headquarters for the Brigadier General Pablo Nuila Hub of the Kaibil Special Forces Brigade in the northern municipality of Poptún, which is 377 kilometers north of Guatemala City. Jacobo De León Argueta, commanding officer for the Pablo Nuila Hub of the Kaibil Special Forces Brigade, expressed his satisfaction at having organized this activity “at the home of the Kaibiles in Guatemala, one of the more important elite forces in Latin America.” Peru is scheduled to host the event in 2016, though no date has been determined. “This event has brought together teams of elite army units from the Americas. It has been physically and technically demanding.” “The goal of this competition is for each team to demonstrate their abilities in special operations and tactical operations, as well as the techniques and procedures to be followed in the war on terror,” the Guatemalan Army reported. By Dialogo July 28, 2015 My congratulations to the Guatemalan Army, to the first three places, and particularly to the rest of the teams that participated. It was important to compete in this event because what was shared, learned and what each country contributed to the event was very significant. Peace be with all of you in the Latin American and United States Military Forces.Each one of the young military members who participated has improved his/her level of military service and his/her character and convictions.Respectfully. I would like this competition to be held in southern Chile, too. I assure you that the first four places would change completely. Infantry 1st Lieutenant Gener Pelicó, who led Guatemala’s team, was “impressed by the competitors’ skill levels, above all, because they tested themselves physically, technically, and mentally.” The events “bring together the countries of the Americas and forges new, friendly relations,” said Haiti SWAT team leader Gordon Davis, whose team participated for the first time. Since 1975, more than 1,000 service members have graduated from the eight-week Kaibil International training course. Kaibil Commandos have served in United Nations peacekeeping missions in Liberia, Congo, Haiti, Nepal and the Ivory Coast. The unit’s name comes from Kaibil Balam, a respected prince and warrior of the Guatemalan ethnic group, Mam. A competitive field “We are proud to be part of this force, because discipline and honor are vital to defending this nation from any terrorist threat,” Kaibil Captain Oscar Alonzo said. “Through this activity, we have shown the other nations how experienced we are in tactics and special forces operations.” Colombia recently earned its third straight Fuerzas Comando title, winning the annual military special operations skills competition testing endurance, ability, marksmanship, and aquatic skills held this year in Guatemala from July 15-23. The United States placed second overall, while El Salvador, Guatemala, and Chile rounded out the top five. Honduras won the Sniper Team category, with Jamaica placing first in the Assault Team event. Argentina, Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Mexico, Haiti, and Spain also competed in the searing heat that averaged 38 degrees Celsius with high humidity. “This experience has left a good taste in my mouth. Competing with service members from the Southern Hemisphere is very important.” Guatemala, which finished first in the Combined Team/Physical Fitness category, had officers from the National Army who received training used by the Kaibiles — a special operations force that conducts counter-terrorism and intelligence gathering missions.
Manchester City missed the chance to go top of the Premier League following a shock defeat at Aston Villa.Yaya Toure volleyed in the opener to give City hope of recording a first away win of the season.Karim El Ahmadi’s close-range finish levelled matters only for Edin Dzeko to head City back into the lead.But Villa equalised through Leandro Bacuna’s free-kick before snatching the three points when Andreas Weimann raced through and poked home late on.Until those two late goals, City – bidding for a second Premier League title in three seasons – were on course to go top of the table, albeit for a few hours with Arsenal beating Swansea 2-1 in the late kick off to instead remain in first place. The win for Villa, meanwhile, was their first at home this season and the second half performance will have given home fans plenty to be happy about – particularly the display of Dutch midfielder Bacuna. The summer signing from FC Groningen provided the assist for Villa’s first, while his equalising free-kick – his first Premier League goal – would have been difficult for any goalkeeper to keep out.City had arrived at Villa Park looking to maintain the momentum built up from their impressive 4-1 defeat of Manchester United last weekend, a third successive home win in the Premier League.But for all their dominance at the Etihad Stadium this season, they have been disappointing on the road. Manuel Pellegrini’s side had taken just one point from a possible six prior to travelling to Villa but a first away win looked promising for the visitors as they dominated early on.The home side’s 3-5-2 formation was leaving them defensively fragile on the flanks and City repeatedly found spaces, with James Milner shooting wide while Samir Nasri’s deflected shot flew just wide of the upright. City keeper Joe Hart had little to do in a first half Villa rarely managed to threaten in. The closest they came to scoring was a 25-yard free kick by El Ahmadi which sailed over the bar.Ciaran Clark kept Villa in the game with a goal-line clearance from Toure’s effort as half time approached, but the midfielder was not to be denied his sixth of the season soon after.A corner was whipped in by Nasri and though the ball was headed away from goal, it went only as far as Toure who hit a first-time volley underneath the dive of Guzan. It was a lead the visitors fully deserved, but Villa were level just five minutes into the second half. Bacuna, 22, slipped a smart ball to send El Ahmadi clear and though the Morocco international appeared offside, the flag stayed down as he fired past Hart.Villa’s delight was shortlived as City regained the lead minutes later, Dzeko powering a header past Guzan from Nasri’s corner. Facing the prospect of a third successive home defeat, and having twice gone behind, Villa could easily have given into City but instead they grew into the game.Captain Ron Vlaar volleyed into the hands of Hart from Vincent Kompany’s poor clearance before the hosts were presented an even better chance to equalise when they were awarded a 73rd minute free-kick 25 yards out. They took full advantage as Bacuna confidently stepped up to curl a sublime effort that gave Hart no chance.Three minutes later, and with City still regrouping from that equaliser, Villa were gifted a decisive third goal.Kompany and Matija Nastasic allowed Guzan’s delivery to bounce and Weimann took full advantage, racing towards goal before poking the ball beyond the onrushing Hart and into the net to seal a dramatic victory which lifts Paul Lambert’s side up to ninth in the Premier League table.Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: “People coming here probably would have thought Manchester City would have won comfortably but our performance was fantastic.“I am absolutely proud of the players. We seem to be doing it the hard way, winning away and finding it difficult at home, but we were fantastic.“We are doing pretty fine at the minute. I don’t put any pressure on the lads – just try and let them enjoy their football and try and win as many games as they can.”