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Five thousand anti-aircraft missiles in the hands of the Venezuelan army

Five thousand anti-aircraft missiles in the hands of the Venezuelan army

The Venezuelan armed forces have five thousand portable anti-aircraft missiles (MANPADS). According to a military document seen by Reuters news agency. Experts fear that the weapons in the wrong hands.

The Venezuelan arsenal is likely to come largely from Russia. The missiles would have been purchased during the reign of the former president, Hugo Chávez, who in 2013 died. Now finds the country in chaos. There is diving regularly posts about army and officers who have weapons to steal.

Both experts and the United States are very worried about the Venezuelan anti-aircraft missiles. Washington finances for years, attempts to MANPAD-arsenals in unstable areas to dismantle, because it is feared that extremist movements can get their hands on the weapons.

That scenario is not unthinkable. The Colombian authorities took in 2008 in a raid internal documents of the guerrilla movement FARC in attachment. It could be inferred that the organization with Venezuela had spoken about the possibility of MANPADS to obtain. It is unclear whether that actually happened.

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