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Cablegate: No New Troop Movements Reported

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id: 144916
date: 3/7/2008 21:26
refid: 08CARACAS326
origin: Embassy Caracas
classification: SECRET
destination: 08CARACAS293|08CARACAS308
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S E C R E T CARACAS 000326

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SOUTHCOM ALSO FOR POLAD

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/05/2018
TAGS: MCAP MOPS PGOV PREL CO VE
SUBJECT: NO NEW TROOP MOVEMENTS REPORTED

REF: A. CARACAS 000293
B. CARACAS 000308

Classified By: Robert Downes, Political Counselor,
for Reason 1.4(d)

1. (S) No additional troop movements have been reported in
the March 7 open press. Considering the distances from major
bases such as Fuerte Paramaracay in Valencia and Carora
barracks in Lara state, it is reasonable to assume that
elements of the 41st Armored Brigade, such as the 413th
"Pedro Leon Torres" Armored Battalion and the 412th
"Bermudez" Armored Battalion are still en route to their
forward garrison positions near the Colombian border. Wire
service photographs indicate that AK-103 assault rifles, from
the consignment of 100,000 purchased from Russia, have been
issued to Army units. Based on open source and sensitive
reporting, the Venezuelan army remains far from reaching its
stated deployment of 10 battalions since numerous tanks and
armored vehicles are still awaiting transport. There are
unconfirmed rumors that there may be a public display of more
troops deploying over the March 8-9 weekend.
DUDDY

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