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Venezuela To Stage Mass War Games

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posted on Jun, 4 2005 @ 12:57 AM
A large-scale war exercise is due to take place in Venezuela next thursday. This exercise will involve civilian employees from Venezuela´s state-run oil company as well as some 5,000 troops. At the same time as this exercise there will be "military manoeuvres in the country's east" followed by another non-conventional war simulation several days later.

BBC: Venezuela to stage mass war games

4 June, 2005

Workers at Venezuela's state-run oil company are preparing to take part, along with up to 5,000 troops, in a large-scale military exercise. The civilian employees are due to be trained in the use of anti-aircraft and anti-tank rocket launchers, army chief Raul Baduel told a press conference.

General Baduel said the operation, which is due to take place next Thursday in the central and northern regions of the country, should not "be cause for any concern", according to Spain's EFE news agency. He added that the simulation would help plan a military reaction "ahead of the possibility that our country might find itself plunged into such a situation". The exercise will take place at the same time as military manoeuvres in the country's east, and will be followed by another non-conventional war simulation several days later, EFE reported.

Venezuela has recently bought helicopters and some 100,000 assault rifles from Russia as well as planes and boats from Spain. An estimated 90,000 reservists have been signed up by the Venezuelan army.

Hugo Chavez aims to have a two-million-strong reservist force

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Venezuela is getting ready for war. I assume they expect a possible invasion by the US. They have aquired lots of new military equipment recently, and lots of reservists have been signed up by the army as well.

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[edit on 2006/4/25 by Hellmutt]

posted on Jun, 5 2005 @ 09:34 AM
Venezuela preparing for war??? Other than the US possibly being a threat, I can't think of who else would want to go to war with Venezuela, I just hope this move by them is not meant to intimidate their neighbors such as Guyana. There was a dispute decades ago regarding a piece of land near their shared borders, I think Guyana kept the land and the issue was settled, but recently I heard of oil drilling in Guyana by a private Canadian firm and now I wonder if possibly Venezuela could be setting it's eyes on more oil? wild theory more than likely it's just a show of force for the world mainly the US to say they won't be intimidated.

posted on Jun, 5 2005 @ 01:39 PM
I agree that it is most likely about showing the US that they are ready to go to war, or prepared to go to war, especially in light of our invasion of Iraq. Why cant it be 2008 alreadyyyyyy

posted on Jun, 5 2005 @ 06:07 PM
This story is now also in ATSNN.

NEWS: Mass War Games To Be Staged In Venezuela

posted on Nov, 11 2005 @ 05:58 PM
Venezuela will receive 30,000 Kalashnikovs and 3 Helicopters soon from Russia. 100,000 Russian-made Kalashnikovs and 15 (or 16?) helicopters in total will be delivered.

MosNews: Russia to Deliver 30,000 Kalashnikovs and 3 Helicopters to Venezuela by Year-End


Russia will deliver 30,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles and three helicopters to Venezuela by the year’s end as part of a wider arms deal and cooperation, Russian and Venezuelan officials said

15,000 rifles will arrive to the Latin American country on Dec. 15, with as many to follow on Dec. 30, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov said after talks in Caracas on Thursday, Nov. 10. Three helicopters bought from Russia will arrive by the end of the year, Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said.

The shipments will be the first under a wider agreement, signed in May by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s government, for 100,000 Russian-made Kalashnikov AK-103 and AK-104 rifles. The remaining 70,000 rifles will be delivered in March, Zhukov said. Russia agreed to sell Venezuela’s military 10 helicopters in March, including Mi-17s, Mi-35s and one Mi-26T, for $120 million. A Venezuelan general announced a deal for five additional Mi-17 helicopters in June for $81 million.

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posted on Nov, 11 2005 @ 06:04 PM
Could this be a "Related" News story?

America's New Enemy

While the world looks to Iran and Syria for the next Bush attack, Venezuelans know they may well be next. On 17 March, the Washington Post reported that Feliz Rodríguez, “a former CIA operative well-connected to the Bush family” had taken part in the planning of the assassination of the President of Venezuela. On 16 September, Chavez said, “I have evidence that there are plans to invade Venezuela. Furthermore, we have documentation: how many bombers will over-fly Venezuela on the day of the invasion… the US is carrying out manoeuvres on Curacao Island. It is called Operation Balboa.” Since then, leaked internal Pentagon documents have identified Venezuela as a “post-Iraq threat” requiring “full spectrum” planning.

New Statesman

posted on Nov, 11 2005 @ 06:25 PM

Venezuelans practice repelling U.S. invasion
Civilians, troops train for attack President Chavez says could come to topple him.

SAN JUAN DE LAS GALDONAS, Venezuela -- Camouflaged soldiers jumped from boats into the surf and waded ashore in a mock assault Thursday, the latest in a series of Venezuelan military exercises preparing for a U.S. invasion that President Hugo Chavez warns could come.

Hundreds of men, women and children met the troops on the beach, some shouting "Gringos go home!" and "Freedom!" The soldiers ignored them and hiked into this small fishing town, stone-faced as they spread out and took control.

Military exercises: Venezuelan soldiers leapt from a boat Thursday during a mock invasion of the port of San Juan de las Galdonas. "We have to be prepared in case of a war," said resident Magaly Rojas, 38.

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War games on both sides, so maybe something is brewing.

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