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UPDATE 3-Russian deployment in Venezuela includes 'cybersecurity personnel' -U.S. official

UPDATE 3-Russian deployment in Venezuela includes 'cybersecurity personnel' -U.S. officialA Russian military contingent that arrived in Venezuela over the weekend, drawing U.S. condemnation, is believed by the U.S. government to be made up of special forces including “cybersecurity personnel,” a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States was still assessing the Russian deployment, which Washington has called a “reckless escalation” of the situation in Venezuela. Two Russian air force planes landed outside Caracas on Saturday carrying nearly 100 Russian troops, according to local media reports, two months after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump disavowed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.



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U.S. calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela 'reckless escalation'

U.S. calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela 'reckless escalation'The Russian planes and military personnel arrived outside the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Saturday, according to local media reports, two months after the Trump administration disavowed President Nicolas Maduro. Washington has recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate president and demands that Maduro leave power, which Russia has described as a U.S.-backed coup against the socialist government. “The United States condemns Russia’s deployment of military aircraft and personnel to Caracas, which is another contradiction of both Nicolas Maduro’s and Russia’s calls for non-intervention in Venezuela and is a reckless escalation of the situation,” a State Department spokesman said.



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U.S. calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela 'reckless escalation'

U.S. calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela 'reckless escalation'The Russian planes and military personnel arrived outside the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Saturday, according to local media reports, two months after the Trump administration disavowed President Nicolas Maduro. Washington has recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate president and demands that Maduro leave power, which Russia has described as a U.S.-backed coup against the socialist government. “The United States condemns Russia’s deployment of military aircraft and personnel to Caracas, which is another contradiction of both Nicolas Maduro’s and Russia’s calls for non-intervention in Venezuela and is a reckless escalation of the situation,” a State Department spokesman said.



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Pentagon refuses to rule out US military deployment on Venezuela's border

Pentagon refuses to rule out US military deployment on Venezuela's borderThe Pentagon has refused to rule out military intervention on Venezuela’s border, a day after John Bolton, the US national security adviser, was photographed carrying a notepad that read: “5,000 troops to Colombia”. Patrick Shanahan, the acting defence secretary, was asked repeatedly whether Mr Bolton’s notes indicated a deployment. "I’m not commenting on it,” he said. “I haven't discussed that with Secretary Bolton." Mr Bolton on Monday would not rule out the use of US troops in Venezuela. "The president has made it clear on this matter that all options are on the table," he said. John Bolton, carrying the notepad on Monday The US military currently has about 200 troops in Colombia, which was among the first to follow the US lead last week and recognise “interim president” Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate ruler, and Colombia and the US have developed close security ties over past decades. Colonel Rob Manning, Pentagon spokesman, said the number of US military personnel in Colombia remained unchanged, and Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Colombia’s foreign minister, said Bogota had not been informed of any increase in the US military presence. "We are not aware of the significance or the reason" for Mr Bolton's notes, he said. The drum beat began on January 23 with Donald Trump’s recognition of Mr Guaido, and has only got louder in the intervening six days. Over the weekend Australia and Israel joined the 20-odd countries that now accept Mr Guaido as the interim president, and Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, told the UN security council that “the time is now” to move to oust the “illegitimate mafia state” of Mr Maduro. On Tuesday the drums got louder as the US raised the state department’s travel warning to “do not travel” – putting Venezuela in the same category as only 12 countries worldwide, among them Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. Mr Pompeo also announced on Tuesday that Mr Guaido had full control of Venezuelan assets in US federal banks. Juan Guaido, the "interim president" of Venezuela Mr Guaido is currently petitioning the Bank of England to prevent Mr Maduro getting his hands on $ 1.3 billion (£1 billion) in gold held in London vaults. Venezuela, which is struggling to provide basic services, has some $ 8 billion in foreign reserves around the world. On Monday the US placed sanctions on Venezuela’s state oil company – a move designed to cripple Mr Maduro’s regime financially, and sway the military to defect. Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Vladimir Putin – one of the main backers of Mr Maduro – said the Kremlin shares the view of the Venezuelan government that the sanctions are "illegal" and sees them as a tool of unfair competition on part of the United States. In Venezuela, meanwhile, the attorney-general – a Maduro loyalist – slapped a travel ban on Mr Guaido and froze his assets – both seen as symbolic gestures unlikely to have a significant impact. "More than a new threat against me, against this parliament, against the acting president of this republic, there's nothing new," said Mr Guaido. "I'm not dismissing the threats, the persecution at this time, but we're here, we're continuing to do our jobs."



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US extends troop deployment at Mexico border

US extends troop deployment at Mexico borderThe Pentagon said Monday it would extend until September 30 the deployment of active-duty soldiers and Coast Guard members at the US-Mexico border, while expanding the mission to include surveillance and detection. “DoD will continue to provide aviation support,” the statement added, referring to the Department of Defense.



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Daily Digit: Pentagon says migrant caravan poses no threat, yet Trump’s border deployment may cost us $220 million

Daily Digit: Pentagon says migrant caravan poses no threat, yet Trump’s border deployment may cost us $  220 millionPresident Trump’s move to send troops to the U.S.-Mexico border could cost taxpayers $ 220 million. The president has referred to the caravan as an “invasion”; however, a Pentagon risk assessment reportedly found that the caravan did not pose a threat to the United States.



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Israel steps up armored deployment on Gaza border

Israel steps up armored deployment on Gaza borderIsrael ramped up its armored forces along the Gaza border on Thursday in a daylight show of force, a day after a Palestinian rocket destroyed a home in southern Israel. With the deployment clearly visible from main Israeli roads near the Gaza Strip, senior Egyptian security officials met leaders of the enclave’s ruling Hamas to try to calm tensions. Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad militant group quickly denied firing the rockets.



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Governors End Border Deployment Accords Over Trump's Child Detention Policies

Governors End Border Deployment Accords Over Trump's Child Detention PoliciesEleven U.S. governors ― including four Republicans ― have canceled agreements



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US warns China over reported missile deployment in South China Sea

US warns China over reported missile deployment in South China SeaThe White House has issued a warning to China over its increased military presence in the hotly contested South China Sea. “We’re well aware of China’s militarization of the South China Sea,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, adding that there would be “near-term and long-term consequences” for the country. Ms Sanders was responding to reports that China had recently deployed missiles to three of the Spratly Islands – fortified outposts in the South China Sea where Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei have also claimed sovereignty.



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Shooter saw vets program as path to heal after deployment

Shooter saw vets program as path to heal after deploymentWhen Albert Wong returned from an Army deployment in Afghanistan in 2013, he knew it had affected him. He had trouble adjusting to regular life, couldn't sleep at night and was hyper-vigilant about his surroundings.



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