Chavez Sends Troops to Colombian Border

Venezuelan prez angry after rebel is killed
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2008 3:19 PM CST
Ecuador's soldiers carry an alleged rebel of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, they found wounded Sunday, March 2, 2008, in the area where Colombian security forces attacked a rebel camp...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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. (Read more Hugo Chavez stories.)