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Chavez Alleges Airspace Violation and Continues to Accuse the U.S. of Invasion Intent

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez claimed this week that the United States sent warplanes from bases in Aruba to fly over his country. Chavez has recently claimed that the Netherlands Antilles are also involved in an alleged United States-Colombian conspiracy to invade Venezuela.

In his ongoing attempt to convince the world (or at least his own people) that the United States is planning an invasion of his country, Chavez alleged that the United States sent P-3 “warplanes” into Venezuelan airspace twice this week, only to be intercepted and escorted out of his nation’s airspace by Venezuelan F-16s.

This claim is the latest in a number of conspiracy theories that Chavez has forwarded regarding the U.S. These claims include accusations that the Dutch will allow the Netherlands Antilles to be used as a staging ground for an upcoming invasion of Venezuela by the U.S., in spite of Dutch and U.S. assurances that the U.S. military presence in the Netherlands Antilles is merely to support counter-narcotics missions. For their part, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) denies that any U.S. planes violated Venezuelan airspace.

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