June 21st, 2013
08:34 PM ET

U.S. increasing military forces in Jordan

By Tom Cohen

Due to security concerns in Jordan, which borders the Syrian civil war, a combat-equipped detachment of about 700 U.S. troops will remain in the country following training exercises that ended this week, President Barack Obama told Congress on Friday.

In a letter to comply with the War Powers Act, Obama notified Congress that the detachment staying behind at the request of the Jordanian government included "Patriot missile systems, fighter aircraft, and related support, command, control and communications personnel and systems."

"The detachment will remain in Jordan, in full coordination with the government of Jordan, until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed," Obama's letter said.

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  1. rad

    ever heard of the human consciousness. well its a stick.

    June 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  2. joe c

    doing israels and AIPAC's dirty work once again....how many Americans are AIPAC bought congress willing to sacrifice for the feces called israel on this junket

    June 24, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
    • Chimo

      Fools like you are always trying to peddle that garbage, but I'm here to tell you that that dog won't hunt anymore. Israel does not need U.S. forces to protect her from anything whether it be in Syria Jordan or Lebanon. Obama did this because the King of Jordan asked him to leave U.S. soldiers there in case Assad decides to attack Jordan. This has absolutely nothing to do with Israel, so as far as I'm concerned, your just another anti semite Israel hater who knows nothing about U.S. foreign policy, and all your trying to do is push your moronic agenda

      June 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  3. jayjay

    does no one read the "at the request of the jordanian government" part? it's not like obama woke up and was like, well i think i'll put some troops in jordan today.

    June 24, 2013 at 2:45 am | Reply
    • USMC1371

      I request 100 million in one dollar bills....

      June 25, 2013 at 5:11 am | Reply
  4. Tim

    As Democratic Party Presidents were the only ones to use Atomics/Nukes, I wonder if Step and Fetch It will join the club? I guess it depends on what Moscow tells him to do.

    June 23, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  5. sayflyby

    700 are not that many,.pnm,.

    June 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  6. abdulrahaman

    Life is war and its always a continous WARRIOR!

    June 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  7. George Patton

    Another stupid move by the Obama administration. We need troops in Jordan like I need a case of hemorroids! This is sheer stupidity to say the least!

    June 22, 2013 at 8:09 am | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Thank you, George. How true that is! Another idiotic move by this right-wing thug Obama to please the war lobby in Washington! This ignominy never ends!

      June 22, 2013 at 9:25 am | Reply
      • SimpleStuff

        Excuse me. Obama is not a right wing thug. He is left wing.

        June 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
      • poltergiest

        The whole bird is a thug.

        June 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
      • Pete

        @Portland Tony,the only idiots were the ones that started this mess leading up to 9/11 that all in the Bushs..Pres.Obama as most democrates have to clean up your imbecilics mistakes getting us into not only wars but are hated internationally because we were sticking our noses with Bushs in everybody elses business..And Tony get your freakin party affiliations right ,you're republican aren't yah or an independant just a republican in denile ,which one brainless!!

        June 23, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • Joshua Lane

      Minding our own business would be following our founding father's advice. Is that too much to ask? Is it really necessary to put our army in every nation on earth? No wonder people are tired of us.

      June 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
      • Tom

        Thank you, Joshua. I couldn't have said it better!

        June 23, 2013 at 2:23 am |
    • Pete

      @George Patton,Pres.Obamas just trying to keep the Syrian revolt from spreading across the whole middle east..You won't see China or Russia stepping in because they'd sell weapons to any faction,country that wants and can afford them,its business as usual because both China,Russias economies are slowing down so here's something to take up the slack for awhile!!

      June 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
      • USMC1371

        Into the second term it's Obama issue not bush. Grow a pair and claim what Obama has gotten us into. Face it he has turned out to be as bad if not worse then bush was. It's the simple fact he could have and promised to go down a different path but, he just keeps marching in same direction.

        June 23, 2013 at 10:01 pm |
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,look into history bud the Great Depression of Hoover as president for one term took Roosevelt 12 years to straighten out and do you blame Roosevelt because he didn't fix a catastrophe that took 12 years to fix too long because of then too republicans obstruction from SCOTUS on down every step of the way how historic with republicans isn't it..Remember bud all these problems were done on a republican presidents charge card unfunded and were never paid nor wars created by lies with no bid contracts that made Cheneys Halliburton billions in profits..And I'll claim what's Pres.Obamas fault including your congressional republican obstructionism against him marine when people like you in denile take responsibility for not only voting once but twice in that imbecilic Texan in Bush that caused this catastrophe that was as destructive to America as that Great Depression I refered to before that another republican created,that's fact marine read up!!

        June 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
  8. sayflyby

    I would haff to think on this,.pnm,.

    June 21, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Reply

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