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Alarmed by Venezuela, U.S. Military Seeks to Sell Arms to Colombia


Added 07-18-19 03:34:02pm EST - “The Air Force wants a key regional ally to get new F-16 fighter jets to deter threats from Caracas.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “Alarmed by Venezuela, U.S. Military Seeks to Sell Arms to Colombia”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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As Venezuela’s Russia-backed leader Nicholás Maduro continues to cling to power, the U.S. military wants to prevent a crisis from spilling over into neighboring Colombia, an important ally, by beefing up its defenses.

The U.S. Air Force is offering Bogotá the latest version of Lockheed Martin’s F-16 fighter jets, Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, the commander of Air Forces Southern, told Foreign Policy in a recent phone interview.

The addition of an estimated 15 F-16 to Colombia’s arsenal would “be a great advancement for not only their capability to defend their sovereign air space” but would also help enable interoperability with U.S. forces, Croft said during a visit to Colombia, where he attended a major air show and met with senior Colombian military officials.

Venezuela’s economy has collapsed under Maduro’s far-left government, and nationwide electricity blackouts and food shortages have plagued the country’s population. But opposition leader Juan Guaidó has failed to take power despite repeated violent clashes between government forces and civilians.

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