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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US military is prepared to protect US personnel and diplomatic facilities in Venezuela if needed, the US admiral in charge of American forces in South America said on Thursday.
"We are prepared to protect US personnel and diplomatic facilities if necessary," Navy Admiral Craig Faller, the head of US Southern Command, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
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He did not provide any details on how the US military might respond.
Venezuela's collapse under President Nicolas Maduro, with the country plunged into poverty and driving some 3 million people to flee abroad, has forced nations worldwide to take a stance, particularly after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president last month.
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