April 17th, 2013
01:10 PM ET

U.S. military to step up presence in Jordan in light of Syria civil war

By Barbara Starr

In a critical indication of growing U.S. military involvement in the civil war in Syria, CNN has learned Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering the deployment of up to 200 troops to Jordan, according to two Defense Department officials.

The troops, which will come from the headquarters of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, "creates an additional capability" beyond what has been there, one official said.

The group will give the United States the ability to "potentially form a joint task force for military operations, if ordered," he said.

The new deployment will include communications and intelligence specialists who will assist the Jordanians and "be ready for military action" if President Barack Obama were to order it, the official said.

This comes as the Pentagon has recently reviewed military options for Syria although Obama has not ordered any to be put into action.

There have been several dozen American troops, mainly special forces, in Jordan for the past year assisting the Jordanians.

But that group has been very ad hoc, the official said. This new deployment makes the U.S. military presence more official and is the first formalized ongoing presence of an American military unit in the Kingdom in recent years.

Rebels in Syria are fighting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

More than 450,000 Syrians are registered as refugees in Jordan.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Do you have something constuctive to say.Ive been there.Lets say for example a faction got a hold of chemical agents.Somewhere in Europe or in the states it makes its way there and turned loose think on that.

    April 19, 2013 at 4:50 am | Reply
    • Joe

      This post glitched it was supposed to be down below talking to Hiding in plain sight.

      April 19, 2013 at 5:24 am | Reply
  2. FFgjhui Ksfgj

    OH CRAP, I MISSED A FEW...????

    April 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  3. FFgjhui Ksfgj

    WHAT WAR??????????????????????????????

    April 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  4. USMC 073843

    THIS IS A STUPID IDEA, OR WILL JORDAN BE OUR BASE OF OPERATIONS WHEN WE GO TO THE AID OF THE REBELS IN SYRIA WHO, NO DOUBT, WILL BE JIHADISTS AFTER THE OVERTHROW. OR WILL THIS BE THE BASE OF OPERATIONS FOR OUR INVASION OF IRAN? IN EITHER CASE WE SHOULD NOT BE THERE!

    April 18, 2013 at 10:20 am | Reply
  5. USMC1371

    I hope every one that voted for Obama is happy with his wars at this pace he will make Bush look like the pope.

    April 18, 2013 at 2:54 am | Reply
  6. Weyjh Khfxs

    IT SEEMS THE KING OF JORDAN IS GOOD AT WHAT EVER HE SETS HIS MIND TO

    April 18, 2013 at 12:06 am | Reply
    • A 5th Marine

      This King Abdullah of Jordan is no more than a right-wing stooge waiting to carry out orders from Washington D.C. As a right-wing thug in Washington, Obama appears quite eager to get us into another one of his obscene wars! This man needs to be impeached, sent to the I.C.C. and tried from crimes against humanity!!!

      April 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  7. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    April 17, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  8. Joe

    No its not stupid.Assad has chemical weapons they need to be monitered.If that stuff falls into the wrong hands think of the innocent lives that will be lost.

    April 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/19/17370550-suffocating-in-the-streets-chemical-weapons-attack-reported-in-syria?lite This is just one reason why we are there.If we wasnt there think of all the factions wanting to get their grubby paws on all kinds of weapons.Most of the Muslim world would like to live in peace but the extremists are just that extreme.

      April 18, 2013 at 4:21 am | Reply
      • Hiding in Plain Sight

        Did that make sense to you when you posted that crap?

        April 18, 2013 at 9:04 am |
      • Joe

        This is to Hiding in plain sight.Syria revolution is approaching its climax and Assads regime is in its death throws.This will be chaos and all the countrys national defense offensive and defensive weapons will be up for grabs.They need to be locked down!It makes sense to me.

        April 19, 2013 at 4:27 am |
  9. Kerry

    This sounds like another stupid move by the right-wing idiots in Washington to get us into another one of their meaningless wars in order to make a profit. It is so nauseating to know that those politicians in Washington will throw away as many lives as it takes to meet their agenda!

    April 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Quite true Kerry, quite true. Those right-wing thugs in Washington really put very little, if any, value on peoples' lives. They'll only do what's best for themselves no matter who else suffers or dies, sadly enough.

      April 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      You might like to know the commander in-cheif is a left-wing liberal dem. You might not want to show every one how low your I.Q. is.

      April 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Reply

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