900 U.S. TROOPS SHIELDING JORDAN FROM SYRIAN CIVIL WAR THREATS

Washington Times on June 22, 2013, published an AP report on Jordan’s prime minister saying the country is hosting 900 U.S. military personnel to bolster its defense capabilities against potential threats from the Syrian civil war. Excerpts below:

The first Jordanian public official to speak publicly of the numbers of U.S. troops in the kingdom, Abdullah Ensour told reporters Saturday that 200 of the personnel were experts training for how to handle a chemical attack.

He said the remaining 700 are manning a Patriot missile defense system and F-16 fighter jets which Washington deployed this month in case the Syrian war worsens.

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