Hugo Chavez sent thousands of Venezuelan troops to the Colombian border today after Colombia killed a FARC rebel leader, CNN reports. Chavez accused Colombia of being a US puppet and said Ecuador's border was violated in the attack. "We have to liberate Colombia," said Chavez, who is linked to FARC and tried to negotiate a prisoners-for-hostages trade with it last year.
Ecuador is also shuttling troops to its Colombian border, Chavez said. But Colombia, which denied crossing into Ecuador, called the rebel's death a strike against terror. “The terrorists have had the custom of killing in Colombia and taking refuge in the territory of neighboring countries," officials said in a statement.