Venezuelan military drills along Colombian border

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    Venezuela’s armed forces have carried out military drills along the Colombian border.

    According to Reuters, the armed forces’ Strategic Operational Commander, Remigio Ceballos, said 150,000 troops were conducting activities “related to security, exploration and the interception of any invasion of Venezuelan territory.”

    These exercises are expected to continue for several weeks.

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly warned of an invasion from Colombia coordinated by the U.S. government.

    Reuters says there is no evidence one is forthcoming.

    The U.S. government meanwhile says it wants to resolve Venezuela’s crisis peacefully, either via negotiations or by forcing Maduro out of power through the use of crippling sanctions.