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as the United States pushes diplomatically to oust Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro the US military is sharpening its focus on a by product of the crisis a strengthening of rebel groups operating on both sides of the Venezuela Colombia border that's according to the admiral in charge of US forces in South America who told Reuters exclusively that the US has increased its intelligence sharing about the threat from both Colombia's national Liberation Army or ELN and factions of the revolutionary armed forces of Colombia also known as FARC a regional security expert told Reuters that there could be an added benefit for my little if the Americans invade or of Columbia promotes a military intervention he said my little supporters would then quote be able to call upon a force with more than fifty years of combat experience the risks add another layer of complexity to the crisis in Venezuela we're a political standoff continues between president model and opposition leader kwon Y. del who invokes the constitution to assume the interim presidency in January , US officials have slapped economic sanctions to keep pressure on my little though US admiral Craig fuller and knowledge of the US military is ready to provide options if needed a point also expressed by president trump we seek a peaceful transition of power , what all options are open father declined to discuss specifics on the collection of US intelligence in Venezuela but said that the flow of illegal narcotics has risen as the misery of the Venezuelan people has increased he said it's essentially a lawless region along the border of Venezuela and that quote the four key dissidents and the ELN have taken advantage of that