U.S. troops are currently being deployed to Jordan, a long-term partner of the United States in the volatile Mideast. According to the Jordanian government, the 200 U.S. troops will participate in annual joint military manoeuvres. A government minister said they are coming to help counter chemical attacks. Sources say the Americans will also provide training. However, the troops come from a unit that specializes in intelligence gathering, logistics and operations.
The US troops will participate in Jordan's 'Eager Lion' drill in June, involving involved 19 Arab and non-Arab countries,according to the Jordan News Agency Petra. The Jordanian Minister of Communications Mohammad Momani said that the Americans are coming also to help counteract any chemical threat that could come from Syria and for training in rescue operations.
Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel said that American soldiers will provide training to Jordanian troops. They are part of the First Armored Division. The Los Angeles Times reports that they might be part of plans to expand the force to 20,000 or more if necessary.