"The completion of this portion of the JSBP [Joint Border Security Program]
program significantly enhanced Jordan's detection capabilities and allows
Jordan to respond to incidents more quickly."
The report, released on Aug. 5, said Jordan completed the enhancement of
its border with Syria in September 2009, Middle East Newsline reported. Jordan was also said to have sought
to improve security along its much longer border with Iraq.
"Jordan's security forces continued programs to prevent terrorist
attacks in the country and to deny terrorists the use of its territory to
launch attacks against its neighbors," the report said.
The Jordanian border security effort has been financed by the United
States. Officials said American contractors were installing advanced sensors
and command and control equipment for the Jordanian program.
The Amman government has also sought to increase security cooperation.
In August 2009, 12 Middle East states were convened in the Regional
Biometric Partnership Initiative, supported by the United States.
"Jordan presented a tailored biometric software package and proposed the
creation of a regional biometric database for known and suspected terrorists
in the region to allow the efficient sharing of data between governments,"
the State Department said. "The proposal won an endorsement in principal
other participants and could potentially do much to thwart terrorist travel.
Jordan welcomed U.S. training and assistance designed to strengthen security
at its ports of entry."