Friday, December 16, 2011

Why Are US Troops Being Deployed To Jordan?

I heard of this earlier this week, and Monkey in the Middle weighs in:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Why Are US Troops Being Deployed To Jordan?

While most of the American troops now stationed in Iraq are being sent home for the Holidays to spend this joyous time with their families and friends, but not all of the troops. Between 6 to 8,000 troops will be deployed to Jordan to defend that nation from an attack from Syria.

As the US completes its final withdrawal from Iraq, American special forces troops have been diverted to positions in Jordan opposite a Syrian tank concentration building up across the kingdom's northern border, debkafile's military and intelligence sources report.

As of last Thursday, military convoys, air transports and helicopters have been lifting US troops across the border from Iraq. They have been deployed in position to ward off a possible Syrian invasion in the light of President Bashar Assad's warning that he would set the entire Middle East on fire if the pressure on his regime to step down persisted.

Syria's other neighbors have taken precautions against this contingency but this is the first time US boots have hit the ground directly opposite Assad's army....

There is much more here. Go read.

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