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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The United States is increasing its military presence off the coast of Venezuela. US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that "additional destroyers, warships, planes and helicopters, coast guard vessels and surveillance aircraft" will be deployed in the Caribbean Sea.

According to the US government these are to be used in the fight against transnational drug trafficking. As the New York Times reports, this is one of the largest US military operations in the region in 30 years. Special forces are also being deployed on the ground.

The announcement came less than a week after the . . .

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