The US Ground Forces Command revealed the identity of the two former US soldiers who participated in a coup attempt in Venezuela, and a third soldier encouraged them to do so.
Over the past days, the Venezuelan forces have captured two former soldiers who served in the American Special Forces, along with others after a coup attempt to topple the president, Nicolas Maduro.
And on Wednesday, the US Ground Forces Command, in statements to the “Army Times”, provided detailed information about the missions of the soldiers there.
The statement indicated that the former US Special Forces soldier, Jordan Gordo, was responsible for organizing the failed coup attempt known as the “Gideon Operation,” and was the reason the other two soldiers participated in the operation.
According to the information provided by the ground forces, Gordo worked in the American ground forces between 2001 and 2016 in the artillery and medical services.
it pointed out that the same person was present in Iraq for two times within the American forces there between 2006 and 2010, and for two other times in Afghanistan between 2010 and 2014.
The statement also stated that Iran Berry, 41, who participated in the coup attempt and was arrested by the Venezuelan security forces, worked for the ground forces as an engineer sergeant, and had been in Iraq 3 times between 2003 and 2007.
The second soldier, Luke Denman, 34, who was also arrested in Venezuela, worked as a ground force combat officer until 2010, and that year he was in Iraq for one time.
On Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that his country had arrested the two soldiers, after they tried with a group of “mercenaries” at dawn on Sunday to “invade” Venezuela by sea to topple his regime in favor of opposition leader Juan Guaido.
The President indicated that the total number of detainees in this case amounted to 17 people.
Addressing the Armed Forces High Command, the President said that the authorities arrested two American “security personnel”, aged 34 and 41, who had shown on their state television their passports and other documents.
Earlier on Monday, the Venezuelan Attorney General accused Guaido of plotting with a former US Special Forces soldier to recruit “mercenaries” to launch an attack to topple the socialist president.