US Military Flying More Recon Flights Over Venezuela Coast

Officials: Military gathering 'classified intelligence' about Maduro government

According to US defense officials, the Pentagon is flying an increasing number of reconnaissance flights along the Venezuelan coast. They say te flights are being carried out in international airspace, and are intended to gather “classified intelligence” about the Maduro government.

This comes as top US officials continue to hype the possibility of a US invasion of Venezuela. On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that this remains an option that is on the table.

While the Pentagon itself says there are no specific plans yet for a military intervention, it comes as politicians emphasize their interest in a military intervention. Moreover, the reconnaissance clearly shows the US is getting itself ready for such an action.

Right now the operations are likely centering on intercepting communications, with hopes for gauging how their current campaign of regime change against Maduro is progressing, and looking for openings in forcing him from power. That doesn’t preclude looking for weaknesses for an invasion.

Author: Jason Ditz

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