Syria: UK troops also in Jordan, Western diplomatic sources

After Panetta confirmed US task force; possible French presence

11 October, 19:07

(ANSAmed) - AMMAN, OCTOBER 11 - Several hundred British soldiers and military advisors are in Jordan to monitor the Syria situation, Western diplomatic sources said on Thursday.

This follows on a statement by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at a meeting of NATO defense ministers yesterday that a US military task force is in place along the Jordan-Syria border to monitor Syrian chemical weapons and to help Jordan manage the war refugees pouring over the border.

The task force consists of 150 personnel, according to the New York Times, while The Times of London reported on an undisclosed number of British troops. The troops have been in Jordan since participating in joint military maneuvers in the past months. They remained on concerns over Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, Jordanian military sources said, adding that French troops might also be in place.

A close political and security Western ally, Jordan receives 500 million dollars in US military aid a year, and its intelligence services cooperate closely with those of the US.



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