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Jordanian soldier at Israeli border
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Major military exercises with 18 countries expected soon in Jordan

Jordan armed forces host troops from 18 'friendly countries', for military exercises, held following Amman calls on international community for more support in dealing with influx from Syrian war

More than 15,000 soldiers from 18 different countries will take part in a joint military exercise expected to take place in Jordan in the coming weeks, a military official said on Saturday.


Jordan's armed forces will host the exercise, "Eager Lion 2013", with troops from "friendly countries", including the United States, the official Petra news agency cited the official as saying.


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The official added that the drill will include battlefield, logistics and humanitarian exercises for troops from Britain, Bahrain, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen he added.


Though not specifying when the maneuvers are due to begin, the official said they would run for two weeks and follow last year's "successful" operation.


Jordan is a major beneficiary of US military and economic aid, with Washington granting $2.4 billion in the past five years, according to official figures.


The exercises will be held as Jordan is currently hosting around 500,000 refugees who fled the civil war in neighboring Syria. Amman has repeatedly called on the community for more support in dealing with the influx.



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