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Operation Jaque was a successful Colombian military operation that led to the liberation of 15 hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on July 2, 2008, along the Apaporis River in the department of Guaviare, including former presidential candidate Íngrid Betancourt. According to Colombian officials, the hostages were released as a result of a trick played on FARC by Colombian Military Intelligence.

The other hostages freed are Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes, and Keith Stansell, three American military contractors employed by Northrop Grumman and 11 Colombian military and police. Two FARC members were arrested. Íngrid Betancourt stated the operation had been "perfect". The operation's title was derived from the Spanish word for "check", as in "checkmate".

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