Two US mercenaries captured in Venezuela

after failed attempt on Venezualan President.

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/venezuela-says-it-nabs-2-u-s-mercenaries-after-raid-n1200156

 

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said authorities arrested two U.S. citizens among a group of “mercenaries” after a failed beach raid officials claimed was aimed at capturing the socialist leader.

Maduro on Monday held up a pair of blue U.S. passports, reading off the names and birth dates on them in a nationwide broadcast on state television. He showed images of the fishing boats the alleged attackers rode in on and equipment like walkie-talkies and night-vision glasses that he said were collected in what Maduro called an “intense” couple of days.

He blamed the attacks on the Trump administration and neighboring Colombia, both of which have denied involvement.

“The United States government is fully and completely involved in this defeated raid," Maduro said, praising members of a fishing village for cornering one group in the sweep netting the “professional American mercenaries.”

Would US Operatives be traveling under their own passports during an operation?

I've never been a spy, but I'd presume they'd be going with fake documents or no documents.

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Bay of Pigs 2.0


pic of the operatives before deployment

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Sounds more like Spies Like Us II.

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The two U.S. citizens were identified as Luke Denman and Airan Berry, both former U.S. special forces soldiers.

Bubba Gump employees > professional mercenaries 

They're dead.

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saglv -

The two U.S. citizens were identified as Luke Denman and Airan Berry, both former U.S. special forces soldiers.

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billyball2 - Would US Operatives be traveling under their own passports during an operation?

I've never been a spy, but I'd presume they'd be going with fake documents or no documents.

It looks like this was a rogue mission by a few ex special force guys and some local Venezuelans. Quite a few reasons that it seems like the US government was not involved in this.

Trump was pretty quick to deny involvement but who else would attempt a coup of venezuela?

I'm trying to figure if one of those guys is an OGer, but the age is wrong by a bit, and looks diff, I think.

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Kirik -

I'm trying to figure if one of those guys is an OGer, but the age is wrong by a bit, and looks diff, I think.

Crazy. Its not John Rambo is it?

TexDeuce - 
billyball2 - Would US Operatives be traveling under their own passports during an operation?

I've never been a spy, but I'd presume they'd be going with fake documents or no documents.

It looks like this was a rogue mission by a few ex special force guys and some local Venezuelans. Quite a few reasons that it seems like the US government was not involved in this.


Ahh.

Maybe some kind of contract gig that went tits-up?

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Those guys probably thought the plot of season 2 of Jack Ryan was a good idea too.

this was bound to happen.  We have an enormous amount of special trained warfighters that are running out of wars to fight.  Some of these skills translate well into the business world (leadership, dedication, determination, etc...) but, some enjoy killing bad guys.  where do you go when there are no more bad guys for you to kill?

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