U.S. military to step up presence in Jordan in light of Syria civil war
April 17th, 2013
07:11 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, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the deployment of more American troops to Jordan.

Hagel announced the deployment, which was first reported on CNN, in a statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

He said the troops will work alongside Jordanian forces to "improve readiness and prepare for a number of scenarios."

The troops, which will number up to 200, are from the headquarters of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, two Defense Department officials told CNN.

The deployment "creates an additional capability" beyond what has been there, one official said, and will give the United States the ability to "potentially form a joint task force for military operations, if ordered."

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.

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.

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

Hagel cautioned lawmakers about the difficulties surrounding any direct U.S. military action in Syria.

"It could embroil the United States in a significant, lengthy, and uncertain military commitment," he said.

He called military intervention "an option, but an option of last resort."

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said the United States could send troops to Syria if the regime of President Bashar al-Assad fell to rebels, if needed, to secure the country's chemical weapons cache.

But when asked if he was confident the United States could secure them, Dempsey said, "Not as I sit here today simply because they have been moving it, and the number of sites is quite numerous."

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  1. rad

    who will be the next Amerca? Muslims, Russia,or a free world?

    April 20, 2013 at 4:38 am | Reply
  2. rad

    no more colonialism

    April 20, 2013 at 4:22 am | Reply
  3. rad

    that explosion in Boston, Texas was real. the bombs these ships carry are real. what dont the Amercan people get. no more colonialism.

    April 20, 2013 at 4:17 am | Reply
    • rad

      because the world admires Amercan people. they should set the example. no more colonialism.

      April 20, 2013 at 4:24 am | Reply
  4. Hftyj Ddrtyj


    April 19, 2013 at 1:24 am | Reply
    • rad

      no more colonialism

      April 20, 2013 at 4:20 am | Reply
  5. Hftyj Ddrtyj

    israelies– world wide– need to pony up and pay till it hurts for its protection otherwise they fail–this means each and every rich capitalist pig needs to live a life of commons on equil or below that of their manipulated counterparts.

    April 19, 2013 at 1:20 am | Reply
    • rad

      no more colonialism

      April 20, 2013 at 4:19 am | Reply
  6. Sdrhn Lseyji


    April 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      You said it right there.Ive been over there Im not Pro Muslim or Anti Muslim.Im indifferent to that.People all over the world will twist the truth to their own ends.

      April 19, 2013 at 5:35 am | Reply
    • rad

      no more colonialism

      April 20, 2013 at 4:20 am | Reply
  7. NNN

    A lot of pro-Assad lackey riffraff here, you people don't mind your own business, so now it's time for the U.S. to mind yours. Get ready to be annihilated.

    April 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  8. massoud

    Hagel speaks about direct Military assistance in Syria, So I guess that the C.IA. is indirect military action in Syria. I am real disappointed in Hagel I thought he would represent a positive change in our Foreign Policy which to me is real simple We have a strong defense, but are judicious in it's use and we stop "policing the World" and also stay out of foreign entanglements that are not a threat to Our Nations Safety.Hagel is just another stooge for the military industrial complex, thanks for nothing Chuck.

    April 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      He works for Obama

      April 18, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Well put, massoud. We have absolutely no business sending troops into Jordan, especially to back up that tyrant King Abdullah. If I were the President, I'd cut off all foreign aid, except for humanitarian purposes, to that country. And they belly ache about not being able to balance the budget here at home!

      April 18, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Reply
      • rad

        no more colonialism

        April 20, 2013 at 4:18 am |
  9. StanCalif

    Here we go again! The Defence Dept. (and all their contractors) just can't stay out of other's business! Did Jordan actually request this "assistance" or did we just tell Jordan "Here we come to save you". Jordon should be "protected" by Israel and Saudi Arabia, they have the biggest threat if Jordon fails! Why is it our job?
    Before we send any more troops or "protection" into any country, our government should present an "estimate" of the costs. Send your check (made out to the US Treasure), then we will come save your a**.
    We managed to bankrupt our country, get our citizens killed and maimed to "liberate" Iraq. Big success, Iraq's best friend is now Iran!!! Worked out well, didn't it? Afghanistan will follow the same course. The Taliban and al Queda will certainly take over the country. Now, what about North Korea? I certainly hope we don't try to "liberate" a country of completely brainwashed people! NK is China's problem, and they aren't doing very much about it!

    April 18, 2013 at 5:54 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Well said, Stan. Thank you.

      April 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • rad

      no more colonialism

      April 20, 2013 at 4:21 am | Reply
  10. USMC1371

    That look on his face.....he either sharted in his pants or he realized that working for Obama is not all it cracked up to be with all the battles Obama is trying to get us into.

    April 18, 2013 at 5:11 am | Reply
  11. Truth Betold

    Sometimes the world feels like a cesspool because of our debauchery!! Its a pity some People seem to think the words "Thou shalt not kill" do not apply to them.

    April 18, 2013 at 4:00 am | Reply
    • Joe

      A person of reason! Two factions of the same religion fighting each other is a fight against their religion.

      April 18, 2013 at 4:59 am | Reply
      • USMC1371

        So why not let them wipe each other out?

        April 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • rad

      no more colonialism

      April 20, 2013 at 4:21 am | Reply
  12. 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
    • USMC1371

      Would you fo us a favor snd at least put some effort into your lies cut and paste is getting old.

      April 18, 2013 at 2:50 am | Reply
      • John Smith

        @USMC1371 which one is lie? You need to examine your head.

        April 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
      • USMC1371

        Other then personal experience? Ok lets do it this source your information.

        April 18, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
    • USMC1371

      After a little Google search it is easy to see you are just stupid. Their are multiple reports on the casualties all of them are around one hundred thousand they do not separate wounded from dead they lump them all together. Then their is one that states millions. .... so you think every one else is wrong. Or are you delusional from that STD you got off your goat? Nice try now try again.

      April 19, 2013 at 1:39 am | Reply
      • rad

        no more colonialism

        April 20, 2013 at 4:19 am |
      • Joe

        All I know is we are different.Im a war vet and in any conflict I would be proud to you having my back.

        April 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm |

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