US could train elite Iraqi forces in Jordan

The US is considering training some of the country’s elite military forces in neighboring Jordan.

US could train elite Iraqi forces in Jordan

World Bulletin / News Desk 

US officials said the United States was in discussions with Iraq about training its elite forces in a third country, which would allow Washington to provide a modest measure of new support against some groups in the absence of a troop deal allowing U.S. soldiers to operate within Iraq.

"There is discussion about this, and Jordan is included in the discussions," a U.S. defense official said.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that a privately run special operations training center near Amman was one of the sites being considered.

Jordan, grappling with the mounting impact of the grinding conflict in neighboring Syria, is one of the United States' closest allies in the Middle East.

It was not immediately clear who exactly would provide the new training to Iraqi forces, but it might include U.S. special forces soldiers or contractors.

U.S. officials have grown increasingly worried about Iraq in recent weeks as al Qaeda has staged a comeback in western provinces. The United States supports Maliki government sending Hellfire missiles and surveillance aircraft.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ocak 2014, 09:58