Venezuela conducts military exercises, 100K Soldiers, Tanks and Missiles

Venezuelan troops take part in exercise “Puerto Cabello”, northeast of Caracas on March 14, 2015 (AFP Photo/Federico Parra)

After a recent threat by the United States, Venezuela is Rolling out tanks, missiles and 100,000 men as Venezuela launches 10 days of military exercises, amid sky-high tensions over US sanctions slapped on officials accused of an opposition crackdown.  President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist, Cuban-allied government — struggling with sliding oil prices, the region’s highest inflation, desperate shortages and rising discontent — threw the spotlight on its Chinese amphibious tanks, Russian-built missiles and other military hardware. “Congratulations to the Bolivarian National Armed Forces, and to the people, for the joint exercises,” tweeted Maduro, who in two years time has alleged over a dozen coup bids against him and his government by the United States or local opposition members. FULL REPORT