U.S., Jordan discuss placing Patriot missile batteries in Jordan
May 31st, 2013
07:37 PM ET

U.S., Jordan discuss placing Patriot missile batteries in Jordan

By Barbara Starr

The United States and Jordan are actively discussing the possibility of sending American Patriot missile batteries to Jordan to boost its defenses as the civil war in Syria continues to threaten the region, according to a senior Pentagon official.

He emphasized that an agreement to undertake such an operation has not yet been reached.

Even though Jordanian officials have long said they do not believe the Syrian regime would attack Jordan, there have been increased efforts by Amman to boost its military cooperation with the United States as violence spreads.

If an agreement is reached, the Patriot batteries could be reassigned from other areas in the region, although U.S. officials declined to say where they are currently located.

It's possible the missile batteries could be flown to Jordan within days and used initially as part of the upcoming multinational military exercise in June, the official said.

If that happens, they would be publicly portrayed as part of that training. But there could be a decision to leave them there for some weeks after the exercise.

Jordanian officials, including Information Minister Mohammad Momani, have been widely quoted in recent days as saying Jordan wants Patriot missiles placed there.

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  3. Vic

    When did Hezbolla attack Jordan?. Never!. No one died in Syria until Turkey, Jordan , Saudi, Qatar and US decided to create a rebellion in Syria. When these "rebells" did not succeed in the suburbs, they were sent into into the cities and that is when all the civilian death started beacuse they hide amongst residential areas the cowards. This Dara incident was staged. How do you explain so much guns and so many trained figthers showing up in Syria within (1-2) months. These US weapons are being deployed in Jordan to attack Syria from an Arab land instead of Israel so we do not anger all Arabs. The fact is all Arab monrachies are nothing but sellouts. Jordan is the worst. These monarchies are so obsessed to sound like european or US they forgot they are Arabs. Traitors!. One day there turn will come when they disagree with the West.

    June 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply
    • Mark

      Thank you, Vic. You really know what's going on, not like most of these ignoramuses here who keep on vomiting out their ignorance about the West always being right and how we need to jump in there!

      June 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  4. Craig

    Has anybody considered whether we ought to send Dennis Rodman into Damascus to discuss peace. He could solve this quickly, then wing off to Tehran and get them to drop their nuke program. Nice to know the States has an ace in their pocket just in case...

    June 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  5. attack the evil now

    why usa is doing nothing 94000 child and civilians killed in syria in the hands of shiia and iranians and in the hands of evil hizboallah terrorists...where is usa those are terrorists....allllooooooooooooooooo

    June 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • Mark

      What does the bozo who posted the above do for brains??? Or is he just trying to be funny? Either way, he sounds like a mindless Tea Partier!!!!!

      June 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Reply
      • Vinnie

        This is what happens to those who haven't a clue – instead of answering the above you decide to take it on the tea party. How about saying that if the US would have embraced its role as a superpower interested in ensuring humanity and regional stability it would have at the very least created a no flight zone to help prevent massacres by fundamental islamists. This is the time to depress fundamental Islam from raising its ugly head.
        By the way 2 Milion years from now if things were reversed and the US would need help in ensuring the safety of its civilians how would you feel if your "friends" abroad would just stand there and look? How would you feel knowing that they helped others in your region but due to Political reasons A-Z they are going to let your family be butchered?
        Don't forget that once Assad is gone, if a terrorist group in Syria (they have planty) would plot to bomb the US you would rely on Syrian intelligence to help you intercept the attackers... Are you really going to get it?
        I am skeptical at this point....

        June 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm |

    attack syria and hizboallah now and get red of those evil terroprists help jordan and help iraqi sunni to fight the iraninas terrorists in iraq too
    those shiia are the worse evil ever

    June 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  7. Jomama

    . Whenever people have succeeded in overthrowing a government, the most powerful coalition moves in to fill the void. Consider Iran, Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia. Then think Shiite (Iran), Sunni (Libya & Egypt), Alawite (Syria), and Wahabi (Saudi Arabia). These are the power groups, and they are all brutal, intolerant, and determined. It does not matter who wins because none fight for democracy – they fight for theocratic control.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:49 am | Reply
  8. SolarMoon

    Ah a t i t for tat, take that you Rus sians!

    June 2, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Reply
  9. fiscaltiger

    multinational exercises? what if iran decided to have multinational exercises with cuba and venzuela. how would the US react.

    the american people need to run their own candidates and oust ever single current congressman. they are in the hip pocket of israel

    June 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  10. saeed

    if USA wants a war then just start one Iran is ready to kill every Jewish women and child in Israel Iran would probably like a war nothing sweeter then dead Jewish children lying on the ground with there cutted of penises lying around.

    June 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • Birchwood

      If there is a war in Iran, there will be one big hole in the ground, and frequency emissions wiping out everyone in the nuclear facilities that are covert...... The people of Syria and Iran are good people caught in the middle.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:04 am | Reply
    • Jomama

      Careful what you wish for. I enjoy your posts it reminds me how ignorant certain people are. I don't care for muslims or Jews. I don't see Jews running around screaming Ollyollyachbar I Keel You . Jerk.

      June 2, 2013 at 8:06 am | Reply
      • saeed

        you monkey go home to ghana kumasi and eat a banana.

        June 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
    • alan

      it does not surprise me that a dirty pedophile worshiping raghead can post this but any criticism of obama or kerry is promptly removed. CNN is staying true to the cause.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:18 am | Reply
  11. Pete

    Jordan is one of the richest countries in the world because of oil shale and phosphate ..Jordan wanted to use their own countries supply of uranium to create nuclear powerplants for electricity but America and other countries voted against it!!They're worse off in total debt to population ratio but have old wealthy families that have much of that countries wealth they account for..Maybe we're just protecting old allies before all hell breaks loose,its the least we can do for old friends right!!

    June 1, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • Jomama

      That's true but the average person is pretty darn poor. Only 5% of the land is tillable because its an Arid land to begin with. I believe the poor now have to pay to get schooling. Uneducated poor people is a breeding ground for hate. Basically you have both extremes and almost nothing in the middle. Yes Hell will cut loose.

      June 2, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
  12. lance

    america spend your tax dollars at home, 16 trillion in debt.

    June 1, 2013 at 11:49 am | Reply
  13. George Patton-2

    No surprise here since Jordan is virtually a colony of the U.S. with King Abdullah as the perfect puppet for the right-wing thugs in Washington! After all, that country is surviving only on our foreign aid money.

    June 1, 2013 at 9:32 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      ignore the above post, it's only Phunnie boy trying to make look like a jerk as usual. Jordan is our eyes and ears in middle east, many jerks like Phunnie boy in above post don't understand importance of having friends in middle east, desert full of muslim terrorist snakes and scorpions.

      June 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
      • Killer O'Bama

        Thank you Phunnie boy, for you trolling that liberal thinking, Muslim loving George Patton above. The more of this you do, the better I like!!!!!!!

        June 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
  14. 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.

    June 1, 2013 at 8:08 am | Reply
    • caonabo35

      If we invade a country is because is in the best interest of the US and the spread of democracy. There's a lot of evil nations out there, and we just can't let do as they please. I'm sorry, but in this world there's nation with power, and without it, for a reason.

      June 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Reply
      • Carson Thaler

        the us is not a democracy- that's the big hoax... and we don't "intervene" unless "they" have something we want... where where we to stop the genocide in the congo that killed 5-7 million? oh... that's right- they had nothing we wanted...

        June 3, 2013 at 3:24 am |
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      June 2, 2013 at 7:57 am | Reply
  15. USMC1371

    Just curious who will be payin g for this? Jordan has enough money from oil they casn pay for their own protection.

    May 31, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Reply
    • sawolf

      They don't have any oil.

      June 1, 2013 at 2:19 am | Reply
    • Dianne

      who do you think pays for it?

      June 3, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Reply

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