Posted by Rafiq A. TschannenAMMAN – The Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) denied on Wednesday the presence of US military forces assisting Jordan to confront the potential dangers posed by Syria’s chemical weapon stockpiles.
In a statement to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, a JAF official stressed that there are currently no US forces assisting Jordan with its humanitarian aid efforts along the borders or countering any dangers posed by Syria’s reported chemical weapons stockpile.
The official stressed that the “JAF is capable of confronting any future threats that may arise” without outside assistance.
The statement came in response to a news report published by the New York Times on Wednesday claiming that Washington had dispatched 150 advisers and strategists to help Jordan cope with the rising number of refugees and prevent President Bashar Assad regime’s potential use of chemical weapons.
The report claimed that the dispatch of military advisers and specialists came as part of Washington’s efforts to prevent the conflict from spilling across Jordan’s borders.
In its statement, JAF stressed that the presence of any international military personnel on Jordanian soil is part of joint training agreements and “have no relations” with current developments in Syria.
The military’s denial came as US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta confirmed US-Jordanian military cooperation on Syria, indicating that Washington is working with Amman to monitor Syria’s chemical weapons.