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April 18, 2013 6:49 am

US Sends Troops to Jordan to Help Secure Syrian Border

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Chemical weapons collected after Libya's National Transitional Council declared full liberation of the country. Similar weapons are believed to be inside Syria. Photo: Giovanni Diffidenti.

Associated Press – The Pentagon is sending about 200 soldiers from a U.S. Army headquarters unit to Jordan to assist efforts to contain violence along the Syrian border and plan for any operations needed to ensure the safety of chemical weapons in Syria, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress Wednesday.

The decision to dispatch the 1st Armored Division troops of planners and specialists in intelligence, logistics and operations comes as several lawmakers pressed the Obama administration for even more aggressive steps to end the two-year civil war.

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  • jerry hersch

    The Jordanian military,small for the region,is well trained -but untested.
    Of its 6 1/2 milloion people just ove 3 million are Palestinian..there are over 300,000 Syrians.Only 15%of the population is considered Jordanian Arab by culture and ethnicity..a figure nearly matched by Iraqi Arabs and Bedouin groups.
    The military is probablyloyalto the regime and is well vetted.There arelarge segments of the population that are religiosly conservative and against many of the reforms the regime has either implemented or discussed implementing.
    Jordan is constantly bombared by broadcasts by vival Iranain and Wahabi groups.

    • jerry hersch

      That should say rival -not vival..perhaps I was thinking vile or viral…which the broadcasts are