Jordan Prepares for Possible US-led Strike Against Syria

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After confirming that Jordan would not be used as a launchpad for a US-led strike on Syria, Jordanian authorities stepped up reinforcements along the northern border and were preparing for a refugee influx..

Concern and anticipation are prevailing over Jordanians in the villages bordering Syria, as the implementation of a military attack against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad approaches.

Although the Jordanian government had officially confirmed that it would not allow the use of its territory as a platform for launching military attacks against Damascus, official sources and information leaked from within Jordanian state institutions affirmed that the kingdom has accepted to offer on-the-ground logistical support at an advanced stage of a military intervention.

Yesterday, Aug. 29, the Jordanian government reiterated that its position regarding the Syrian crisis “is based on our concern for Jordan’s higher national interests and [our policy of] noninterference in internal Syrian affairs. The kingdom will not be a launchpad for any military operation against Syria.” In a statement, the government noted that Jordanian military and security forces “are capable of protecting Jordan and its stability.”

Security officials and liaison officers operating on the Jordanian-Syrian borders, however, affirmed to Al-Hayat that “Jordanian army forces and American and Western forces are reinforcing their presence along the 370 km [230 mile] border.” They explained that “unusual preparations are being carried out to deal with the imminent attack, which will usher in unexpected scenarios.”

They mentioned that a number of local residences in bordering Ramtha and Mafraq provinces have moved, without the permission of authorities, to remote regions. They affirmed that military planes and tanks were deployed along the border to monitor the northern and southern regions of Syria, which borders Jordan to the north. Eyewitnesses told Al-Hayat that hundreds of Jordanians have fled their homes in the villages of al-Turra and Ashajarah, merely a stone’s throw from the Syrian village of Tal Shehab.

Additionally, the United Nations has adopted precautionary measures in anticipation of a large number of Syrians flowing into Jordan. The Management of Syrian Camp Affairs in Jordan’s Interior Ministry said that coordination with international organizations has begun, to face the expected spike in the number of refugees within the next few days.

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