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article imageU.S. F-16 jet fighters and Patriot missiles to remain in Jordan

By Paul Iddon     Jun 15, 2013 in Politics
When the US concludes the joint military Eager Lion Exercises with Jordan at the end of this month it will keep its F-16 Fighting Falcon jets and Patriot missiles there.
Haaretz and the Wall Street Journal report that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved this Jordanian request to keep the weapons on Jordanian soil as war continues to ravage neighbouring Syria.
Pentagon spokesman George Little explained that, "The Department of Defense continues to plan for a wide range of contingencies but the United States has not made any decision to establish a no fly zone over Syria or within Jordanian airspace."
Little added that all military personnel currently involved in the Eager Lion exercise will leave the country once that exercise is complete.
The Eager Lion exercises are an annual joint-military exercise endeavor. Each year more than 8,000 military personnel from some 19 countries partake in these exercises. This year the drills are ongoing having began on June 9 and are scheduled to conclude on June 20. The Jordanian Minister of Information Mohammad al-Momani explained that, "These annual exercises will increase the preparedness of the Jordanian army. This year we are in need of more advanced weapons."
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