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SYRIA-TURKEY CRISIS UPDATES : Almost 150 killed as Syria truce collapses, Meanwhile US Deploys Troops & 70 Nuclear Bombs in Turkey
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[quote:DoomneT:MV8yMDEzMDYxXzMzODI4NDE2XzE3QkVEMEU=] [b][color=red]The US Is Now Sending Troops Into Jordan[/color][/b] [i]The US military has sent a task force to Jordan to help it handle an influx of Syrian refugees and prepare for other scenarios, including Damascus losing control of its chemical weapons, a senior US defence official said Wednesday. A 150-strong force of planners and specialists -- led by a senior US officer -- was looking at ways to prevent the increasingly bloody Syrian civil war from spilling across Jordan's borders, said the official, who was attending NATO talks in Brussels and who asked not to be named. They are based at an outpost north of the capital Amman and just 35 miles (55 kilometers) from the border, making it the closest US military presence to the Syrian conflict. The United States says it is providing non-lethal aid to the rebels, refraining so far from providing arms because of fears they could end up in the hands of hardline Islamist groups taking part in the struggle. US President Barack Obama has however warned of a broader intervention should Syria use or lose control of its chemical weapons arsenal[/i] Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-us-is-now-sending-troops-into-jordan-2012-10#ixzz28tbklEph [/quote]
The United States military has secretly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan
To help the armed forces there handle a flood of Syrian refugees, prepare for the possibility that Syria will lose control of its chemical weapons and be positioned should the turmoil in Syria expand into a wider conflict.
The task force, which has been led by a senior American officer, is based at a Jordanian military training center built into an old rock quarry north of Amman. It is now largely focused on helping Jordanians handle the estimated 180,000 Syrian refugees who have crossed the border and are severely straining the country’s resources.
American officials familiar with the operation said the mission also includes drawing up plans to try to insulate Jordan, an important American ally in the region, from the upheaval in Syria and to avoid the kind of clashes now occurring along the border of Syria and Turkey.
The officials said the idea of establishing a buffer zone between Syria and Jordan — which would be enforced by Jordanian forces on the Syrian side of the border and supported politically and perhaps logistically by the United States — had been discussed. But at this point the buffer is only a contingency.
link to www.nytimes.com
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