Venezuela holds war drills after Donald Trump's threat of military action [Photos]

Venezuelan troops conducted military drill after President Donald Trump sent out a disclaimer that US is planning a possible military option if necessary

FP Staff August 27, 2017 11:53:04 IST
President Nicolas Maduro launched two-day military exercise on Saturday to defy Donald Trump's threat of a possible military option in Venezuela. AP
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President Nicolas Maduro launched two-day military exercise on Saturday to defy Donald Trump's threat of a possible military option in Venezuela. AP
Venezuelan troops taught civilians how to use their fists, rifles, bazookas and anti-aircraft guns at the Caracas military academy on 26 August. AP
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Venezuelan troops taught civilians how to use their fists, rifles, bazookas and anti-aircraft guns at the Caracas military academy on 26 August. AP
Civilians were also taught to shoot rifles, fire missiles and engage in hand-to-hand combat during the two day military exercise in defiance of United States sanctions. AP
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Civilians were also taught to shoot rifles, fire missiles and engage in hand-to-hand combat during the two day military exercise in defiance of United States sanctions. AP
Military analyst Rocio San Miguel judged the weekend's exercises to be mere propaganda rather than a meaningful challenge to Donald Trump. AP
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Military analyst Rocio San Miguel judged the weekend's exercises to be mere propaganda rather than a meaningful challenge to Donald Trump. AP
War planes, tanks and 20,000 troops of National Bolivarian Armed Forces were deployed along with 700,000 reservists and civilians. AP
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War planes, tanks and 20,000 troops of National Bolivarian Armed Forces were deployed along with 700,000 reservists and civilians. AP
President Nicolas Maduro called an urgent meeting of American companies that buy oil from Venezuela and hold bonds to discuss sanctions on Friday. AP
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President Nicolas Maduro called an urgent meeting of American companies that buy oil from Venezuela and hold bonds to discuss sanctions on Friday. AP