The Defense Forces include an army, a navy, an air force, and paramilitary forces that include the police.
And what sort of training does this paramilitary police force give such conscripts?
Over 1,700 people were kidnapped by armed opposition groups and paramilitary forces.
The raids killed or captured paramilitary forces and captured a number of large arms and ammunition in caches.
Local police, paramilitary police and military units have now surrounded the building.
British troops report civilians are telling them where the paramilitaries hide.
According to witnesses the men were a mixed group of paramilitaries and Colombian soldiers from army units.
Venezuela's peasants and indigenous communities are also facing terror from paramilitaries .
The struggle in Chocó is but one stage on which the guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries are fighting their war.
The right-wing paramilitaries also gain much of their revenue from the drug trade.