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Via Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/09/us-jordan-usa-exercises-idUSBRE9580FT20130609

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(Reuters) - U.S. troops equipped with Patriot missiles and fighter jets began military exercises in Jordan that have drawn condemnation from Russia, which accuses the West of fanning the conflict in neighboring Syria.

Washington confirmed last week it was sending the F-16 jets and missiles - which can be used against planes and other missiles - to its ally Jordan, and said it may consider keeping them there after the drills.

Both Washington and Amman said on Sunday the Eager Lion exercises were not related to the war in Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad's air power has given him an edge over lighter-armed rebels.

But the Damascus government, and its most powerful ally Moscow, have been sensitive about any transfer of Western arms closer to the conflict, particularly any gear that could be used to enforce a no-fly zone.

More than 4,500 American troops, around 3,000 Jordanians, and 500 soldiers from Britain, Saudi Arabia and other countries were taking part in the exercises, less than 75 miles from the Syrian border, said military officials.

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Re: Jordan hosts U.S. jets and missiles in drills in Syria's shadow
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2013, 08:11:10 PM »
The story I read a few days ago said there were only 1,000 U.S. troops; now the figure is 4,500! Obama's Vietnam, maybe.  :nono:
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Re: Jordan hosts U.S. jets and missiles in drills in Syria's shadow
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2013, 08:40:53 PM »
Here we go; the creation of another permanent encampment of American troops in an eternal tinderbox.

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Re: Jordan hosts U.S. jets and missiles in drills in Syria's shadow
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2013, 08:44:12 PM »
How long before we hear of the first death of an American soldier?  And for what?   **nononono*
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Re: Jordan hosts U.S. jets and missiles in drills in Syria's shadow
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2013, 08:48:16 PM »
The 4500 were scheduled - Operation Eager Lion is an annual event.

The 1000 from the USS Kearsage were a surprise.
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