The Nicaraguan Democratic Union (UDN) was founded in late 1980 by José Francisco Cardenal, an early leader of the anti-Sandinista rebel movement that became known as the Nicaraguan Contras. The UDN was based in Miami, Florida, among its growing community of exiles from Nicaragua's middle class. It established an armed wing, the Nicaraguan Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARN). VideoVideo: 2010 The Christian Science Monitor reports that hidden somewhere in the rugged mountains of Estelí, in northern Nicaragua, a former contra commando with CIA training says he's organizing an armed rebellion against President Daniel Ortega. José Gabriel Garmendia, a former counterrevolutionary special forces commander known by the codename "Comandante Jahob," is reportedly leading a group of rearmed contras that promise to "remove Ortega from office with bullets" if the president tries to sidestep the constitution to get himself reelected next year.
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Nicaragua (FARN)
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