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Jordan report blames Obama team for ISIL crisis, suggests rethinking U.S. ties

U.S. President Barack Obama and Jordanian King Abdullah

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Jordan has been revising its strategy amid Al Qaida’s takeover of much of neighboring Iraq, a report said. The Al Quds Center for Political Studies asserted that the Hashemite kingdom has been forced to draft […]

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Rebel chief who deployed CIA-trained fighters to Syria is assassinated in Jordan

Syrian rebels claim their fighters are being given sophisticated weapons training organized and authorized by the U.S. at a camp in Jordan.

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — A Syrian rebel commander has been assassinated in Jordan.   Security sources said a leading Western-backed rebel was shot dead in the Jordanian capital of Amman. They identified the dead man as Maher Rahel, a commander […]

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Jordan orders U.S. anti-tank missiles as U.S. tanks captured by ISIS pose threat

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Jordan has ordered tactical anti-tank missiles from the United States as Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant presses attacks in the region with U.S.-origin tanks captured in Iraq. The Defense Department has […]

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Jordan sends armored forces to face down ISIL ‘and their pickup trucks’

A Jordanian soldier sits atop a tank near the border with Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — The Jordanian Army has deployed heavy combat platforms near Iraq in an effort to stop Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officials said the Army was deploying a range of main battle tanks and […]

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Jordan recruits 3,000 border guards in response to ISIL ‘emergency’

Jordanian soldiers stand guard near their military vehicles at the Al-Karameh border point with Iraq on June 25.

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Jordan, threatened by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, plans to recruit thousands of officers to secure the borders with Iraq and Syria. Officials said the government has decided to recruit at least 3,000  […]

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Jordan beefs up border security against ISIL threat

Jordanian soldiers

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Jordan has bolstered security measures amid the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from neighboring Iraq and Syria. Officials said the military and intelligence community have been on alert for infiltration […]

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Exercise in Jordan with U.S., Saudis, Turkey focuses on ‘unconventional wars’

U.S. amphibious assault vehicles carry infantry Marines while M1A1 Abrams tanks provide direct-fire support during Eager Lion-2014 exercises.  /U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Jordan has hosted a major exercise that stressed border security. Jordan and the United States have organized Eager Lion-2014 to focus on border security. Organizers said the Hashemite kingdom provided nine separate areas for Eager […]

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Syrian offensive increases pressure on Jordan, thousands of U.S.-trained rebels

A Jordanian soldier stands guard in his tank at the Jordan-Syrian border near Mafraq.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN – Security sources said Jordan’s military reinforced its presence along the 370-kilometer border with Syria. Jordan has been hosting thousands of rebels trained by the United States. An estimated 2,500 rebels trained in Jordan were said […]

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Jordan: Expanded 2014 exercise will include 13,000 troops from 24 nations

U.S. Marines take part in Jordan's Eager Lion 2013 exercise.

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Jordan has disclosed plans for a major military exercise in May 2014. The military said it would host a multi-national exercise called Eager Lion scheduled for May 25. The two-week exercise would contain more than […]

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Jordan emerging as credible Mideast military force, U.S. ally

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Jordan has ordered military vehicles from the United States. The U.S. Defense Department has awarded a contract for the sale of Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles to the Jordanian Army. Under the $21.8 million contract, […]

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