Colombia’s armed forces on alert over Venezuela military exercises

epaselect epa07833843 Members of the Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela take part in the beginning of military exercises on the Colombian border, from the Francisco Garcia de Hevia National Airport, in the town of La Fria, Tachira state, Venezuela, 10 September 2019. On 04 September, the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the deployment of troops on the border of Venezuela with Colombia and the launch of a missile system after declaring an alert on that entire area a day before. The maneuvers will be carried out from 10 until 28 September in the states Zulia, Tachira Apure and Amazonas, territories that make up the 2,219 kilometers of the Colombian-Venezuelan border. EPA-EFE/JOHNNY PARRA

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The Colombian military is on alert in response to Venezuelan armed forces exercises along the two nations’ border that Colombia considers an open threat, a senior military commander said on Wednesday.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered a series of military drills that began on Tuesday in response to what he called Colombia’s planned aggression against the OPEC nation.

Maduro accused Colombia of preparing an attack after President Ivan Duque said that the socialist leader was protecting members of the ELN guerrilla group and dissident members of the FARC, some of who recently took up arms again.

Maduro has repeatedly warned of an invasion by Colombia coordinated by the U.S. government.

Beginning of Venezuelan military maneuvers on the border with Colombia
Members of the Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela take part in the beginning of military exercises on the Colombian border, from the Francisco Garcia de Hevia National Airport, in the town of La Fria, Tachira state, Venezuela. EPA-EFE/JOHNNY PARRA

Via Reuters/ Miami Herald/Colombia Reports

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