Jordan-US Begin Drills, Iran Considers Sending Troops To Syria

The United States and Jordan kicked off their annual navy train within the Hashemite Kingdom on Sunday, amid Iranian claims of an invasion build-up.

This 12 months’s “Eager Lion” workout routines, the seventh held since 2011, are “the most important and most advanced to this point,” in keeping with the US military.

Iran is anxious that 7,400 troops from greater than 20 nations are planning an incursion into Syria by Jordan.

There are elevated actions in southern Syria that point out preparations for an assault by Jordan and Israel and [with the help of] armed teams,” says an Iranian report.

For the primary time ever a world strike mission” will probably be performed by “two US Air Force B-1B bomber plane,” says senior US military basic.

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US and Jordanian officers stated the manoeuvres would come with border safety, cyber defence, and “command and control” workout routines to bolster coordination in response to threats together with terrorism.

“Joint efforts and coordination and the exchange of expertise … are needed at the time when the region is facing the threat of terrorism,” stated Khalid al-Shara, a Jordanian brigadier basic.

Bill Hickman, the US deputy commander for the US military within the area, stated this 12 months’s “Eager Lion” workout routines, the seventh because the first held in 2011, are “the largest and most complex to date”.

The workout routines come amid reviews that Iran had provided to ship troops to the southern areas of Syria to help the federal government of Bashar al-Assad in response to a reported buildup of US backed-forces close to Jordan’s border.

The reviews within the Tabnak information company, which is affiliated to a former commander of the highly effective Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, indicated Iran had rising issues a few buildup.

“There are increased activities in southern Syria that indicate preparations for an attack through Jordan and Israel and [with the help of] armed groups,” the report learn.

Journalist Asaad Hanna tweeted earlier this month that US forces had been positioned and had been standing by on the southern Syrian border with Jordanian particular forces.

Another report in al-Hayat additionally indicated a joint power was getting ready to enter southern Syria from Jordan, albeit ostensibly with the purpose of combating the Islamic State (IS) group.

The workout routines additionally come weeks after the US launched a cruise missile assault on a Homs airbase, the primary direct intervention in opposition to Assad, in response to a chemical weapons assault on the Idlib city of Khan Sheikhun.

The spotlight of this 12 months’s train, Hickman stated, will probably be that “for the first time ever a global strike mission” will probably be performed by “two US Air Force B-1B bomber aircraft,” a long-range multi-mission bomber.

A press release by the Jordanian military stated troops from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Arab Gulf area are participating within the workout routines, which run to 18 May, together with from Britain, Japan, Kenya and Saudi Arabia.

About 6,000 troops from Jordan and the US took half in final 12 months’s workout routines.

Jordan is a key recipient of US monetary help and a companion within the US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

US forces have skilled a small group of vetted Syrian rebels in Jordan, and American instructors have skilled Iraqi and Palestinian safety forces in Jordan as effectively over the previous few years.

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Two years in the past, the United States introduced its intention to extend total US help to Jordan from $660m to $1bn yearly for the 2015-2017 interval.