Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered troops, tanks and fighter aircraft to his country’s border with Colombia in a row over a cross-border attack.
The Colombian army raided a jungle camp just inside Ecuador – an ally of Venezuela – where it shot dead a leader of the leftist rebel group FARC.
Chavez called the rebel leader’s death the cowardly assassination of a good revolutionary.
Meanwhile, an indignant Ecuador government complained that the Colombian army raid violated its territorial sovereignty, and warned that its actions might result in ultimate consequences.
The White House called Mr Chavez’s military order an odd reaction to Colombia’s fight against FARC – a group the US government deems a terrorist organization.