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article imageU.S special forces in Jordan to train Iraqi and Jordanian forces

By Paul Iddon     Mar 8, 2014 in Politics
More United States special forces are in Jordan to train Jordanian and Iraqi security forces tactics in counter-terrorism operations.
Ammon News has a short report which indicates that these "small number" of U.S forces will be training Iraqi forces in Jordan until the end of this month. The U.S forces will remain training their Jordanian counterparts until the end of April.
As Reuters points out, this is part of the Obama administration's efforts to aid the government in Baghdad in fighting robustly against militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who have been engaged against Iraqi forces in the Anbar province for several weeks now. These militants have even overrun the Iraqi city of Fallujah -- which was of course the infamous site of bloody fighting between the U.S, British and Iraqi military forces and such forces about a decade ago.
Reuters quoted a US defense official speaking anonymously who explained that, "The training will bolster skills in counter-terrorism and special operations tactics, techniques and procedures."
The US has also been selling the Iraqi Maliki government American military hardware and weaponry in order to help it fight against these militants.
Since it withdrew from Iraq in late 2011 the United States cannot at present send troops of its own onto Iraqi soil without violating the terms of the Status of Forces Agreement. Which in turn explains why they are training these Iraqi forces in neighbouring Jordan.
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