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Thursday, April 7, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Jordan joins Libya mission in non-combat role

AMMAN — Jordan has launched participation in the NATO no-fly zone mission over Libya.


Officials said Jordan's military was transporting non-combat equipment as part of humanitarian missions in Libya. They said the Jordanian role would continue indefinitely.

On April 5, the Royal Jordanian Air Force transported 10 tons of medical and humanitarian supplies to Libya. Officials said two unidentified air transports arrived in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which has been under rebel control.

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"As soon as the aircraft landed at Benghazi Airport, Libyan people gathered, commending the step and thanking Jordan's king, government and people," Jordanian Col. Eqab Abu Wendi, commander of the Jordanian contingent, said.

Officials said the Hashemite kingdom would not participate in combat aircraft missions over Libya. So far, Qatar has been the only Arab League state to have flown combat missions as part of the Western-led effort against Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said the military's air transports were accompanied by the kingdom's fighter-jets. He said the fighter-jets landed in an unidentified military base on April 3 and were assigned to protect the humanitarian mission in Libya.

"The kingdom has provided logistic support for enforcement of the no-fly zone mandated by a United Nations resolution," Judeh said.

The United Arab Emirates has also sent fighter-jets to NATO's base in Italy for the no-fly zone mission. So far, there have been no reports of flights over Libya by the UAE's fleet of 12 F-16 and Mirage 2000-5 warplanes.

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