U.S. now sees deployment in Jordan lasting ‘several years’


AMMAN — The United States envisions a long-term military presence in Jordan.

Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama was preparing to maintain or expand the U.S. military presence in Jordan.

The officials said the U.S. presence, comprised of the Army’s 1st Armored Division, would help protect Jordan from the Islamist revolt in neighboring Syria.

“I think we’re probably talking about several years, and therefore several rotations [of troops],” U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

Officials said Dempsey, who visited Jordan in mid-August, focused on arms exports to and U.S. military deployment in Jordan. They said the U.S.
military maintains about 1,000 troops in Jordan, many of them along the 370-kilometer northern border with Syria…


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