Maritime operation challenges 'excessive' Venezuela claims: US Navy

Washington (AFP) – The United States Navy said on Thursday it had undertaken an operation off the coast Venezuela in an effort to challenge the South American country’s “excessive maritime claims in international waters.”A statement from Southern Command, which is responsible for US military operations in the Caribbean and Central and South American, called the exercise “successful.” “The USS William P. Lawrence conducted a freedom of navigation operation to challenge Venezuela’s excessive maritime claim in international waters,” a Southern Command spokesman told AFP. “We routinely conduct fre…

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