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Brazil sends troops to quell criminal attacks in northeast

Minister of Institutional Security Augusto Heleno is seen before a meeting at the Secretariat of Security and Coordination Presidential Cabinet in Brasilia Brazil

Additionally, reports emerged Saturday of discomfort among top military brass at Bolsonaro's idea of having a USA military base on Brazilian soil.

The move was praised by Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician and former army captain who was elected on pledges to crack down on crime and give security forces a free hand against criminals.

By the end of the weekend, 300 soldiers would be patrolling the city and other towns in Ceara State in a bid to halt the rampage, Brazilian Secretary of Public Security Guilherme Teophilo said, according to government news agency Agencia Brasil.

"The decision is taken, it's only a matter of when it will be implemented", said the ultra-right-wing leader late Thursday during an interview with Brazil's SBT Television, confirming a reported statement by the Israeli regime's Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu, who attended Bolsonaro's inauguration ceremonies on January 1.

Bolsonaro said he was "concerned" about the participation of the Russian Air Force in military drills in Venezuela in early December.

A Brazilian judge last month twice issued injunctions against the deal, but both times was overruled by a higher court.

The political risk consulting firm Eurasia Group called that "his greatest challenge: to construct a working majority in congress to approve much-needed fiscal reforms".

On Friday, asked by journalists in Brasilia about his openness to hosting a US base, Bolsonaro said: "I have the American people as a friend".

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro salutes as he arrives to a meeting at the Secretariat of Security and Coordination Presidential Cabinet in Brasilia Brazil

"We have a long cooperation, especially with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration)".

Only three days after he won the second round of presidential elections in Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro announced the construction of a highway through the Amazon because he believes that "too much protected natural areas are detrimental to economic development".

In an apparent reference to gun control, he said: "Good citizens deserve the means to defend themselves".

Police killed two suspects in a shootout.

The president argued that Brazil did not want to become a South American super-power, noting that still, the country should have a dominant position in comparison with regional states.

Brazil has the third-biggest prison population in the world, behind the USA and China, with almost 730,000 inmates as of 2016.

Critics argue those ideas only risk inflaming Brazil's violent streets and worsening Brazil's murder tally, almost 64,000 people in 2017, a record.