They had her locked up for six years.
Ms Betancourt, a French-Colombian politician, has been held for more than six years by the rebel Farc group and is said to be in very poor health.
She is the group’s highest-profile hostage and the French government has made securing her release a priority…
The Colombian military said some 15 hostages had been rescued in total on Wednesday, among them 11 Colombian soldiers.
Update: I won’t pretend to be familiar with the particulars of this story, but follow the saga of the negotiations for her release at Wikipedia for a sense of just how long it’s been.
Update: Spruiell, who is somewhat familiar with the particulars, credits Colombian President Alvaro Uribe for kicking ass and taking names over the past several months.
Update: Further to Spruiell’s point, Jonathan Winer at the Counterterrorism Blog points to the FARC laptops seized by Colombian troops back on March 1 as a likely source of the intel on Betancourt’s whereabouts. “With this rescue, which may well involve collaboration by defectors from within the FARC, the collapse of the FARC as a political, terrorist, and criminal force in Colombia, after 44 years, may be nearing.”