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[casi] JORDAN - Thousands of US Forces on the way

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Hello all,
here's another interesting and very worrying article.
Dirk Adriaensens.


MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 8/13/2002:
The duplicity and collaboration of Hashemite Jordan over the years is considerable, going way back 
to the very origins of the regime at the time of World War I.   Now, even as King Abdullah II 
pretends otherwise, the U.S. and CIA have already been dispatched to his Kingdom to protect the 
Royal Hashemites and large numbers of American forces are beginning to arrive in Jordan "for major 
exercises".  For additional background information see:  


AMMAN - Tuesday, August 13, 2002 - Middle East Newsline  - Jordan is preparing for the arrival of 
thousands of U.S. troops for a large-scale military exercise later this month.

Jordanian officials said the 4,000 U.S. soldiers are sailing through the Red Sea toward the 
Hashemite kingdom. They said the first U.S. soldiers arrived on Monday, Middle East Newsline 

The officials said the exercises would not take place in the eastern areas of Jordan near the Iraqi 
Western diplomatic sources said Jordan has imposed additional restrictions on the media on the eve 
of the arrival of the U.S. soldiers. They said the closure of Doha-based A-Jazeera television last 
week was meant to halt unauthorized reports on the U.S. military exercise.

Jordanian Information Minister Mohammed Adwan said Jordanian and U.S. troops would conduct a 
two-week exercise in a training area in southern Jordan. Adwan termed the exercise as routine and 
said the U.S. troops would leave the kingdom after the exercise.

Adwan said Jordan is one of several Arab countries that conduct regular military exercises with the 
United States. He cited Bahrain, Egypt, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Jordanian officials said the U.S.-Jordan maneuvers will focus on improving the combat skills of the 
Hashemite kingdom as well as interoperability between the two militaries. The exercise will include 
special operations forces from both countries. They said the exercise will not simulate a U.S. 
military attack on Baghdad nor will U.S. soldiers operate along the Iraqi border.

The sources said the Amman government decided to preempt the arrival of the U.S. troops and release 
details of the exercise. The sources said Jordan and the United States have agreed to hold two 
ground and air exercises per year and that all U.S. soldiers will leave by Sept. 8, days after the 
completion of the exercise.

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