France, United Kingdom, United States… Thirty-three countries participate in a military exercise in Jordan

France, United Kingdom, United States… Thirty-three countries participate in a military exercise in Jordan
France, United Kingdom, United States… Thirty-three countries participate in a military exercise in Jordan

By Le Figaro with AFP

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A Jordanian military plane.
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Jordan announced on Sunday the start of major military maneuvers with the participation of land, naval and air forces from 33 countries, including the United States, France and the United Kingdom. Germany, Italy, Spain and Canada are also participating in the exercise “Eager Lion”which will end on May 23, said Colonel Moustapha al-Hayari, a spokesperson for the Jordanian army.

Moustapha Hayari insisted on the fact that the maneuvers had not “no link” with the war between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The participating forces will train in particular in “dealing with threats from terrorist organizations” And “to the proliferation of drones (…) and missiles of different ranges”he added.

The spokesperson did not specify the number of participating soldiers, but specified that it was the “biggest exercise” since the first edition of Eager Lion in 2011. Among the countries which will take part in the maneuvers also include: Poland, Norway, Romania, Japan, Australia, as well as several Arab countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Morocco and Lebanon. Jordan, Israel’s neighboring country with which it has been linked by a peace treaty since 1994, is a key partner of Washington in the region.

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