This likely does not mean a lot except that it provides NATO boots on the ground close by the developing situation in
still appears to be Assad’s fight to lose.
It is not as if he is Gadhafi who earned his place at the top of
everyone’s hit list. Syria
Yet the situation is dire enough to want living capability near the Syrian border and the best for that is surely the Jordanian one and the Iraqi border. Thus folks are in place standing by for whatever occurs. After the developments from the Arab Spring this is surely the best strategy.
The Assad regime is practically friendless and their association with
is very much one of convenience. If it
survives and it is ruthless enough that it could, then it will take it years to
rebuild its associations who will all expect further uprisings. Like Gadhafi, Assad cannot imagine that he
will actually lose and his minions are at present reporting success. Iran
In the meantime, while this all plays out, it is apparent from this that NATO is taking proactive steps as is NATO ally
northern border. This story has picked
up on the movements in support of such a stance. Turkey
Hundreds of US-NATO Soldiers Arrive & Begin Operations on the Jordan-Syria Border
FTPadmin Dec 12
According to first-hand accounts and reports provided to Boiling Frogs Post by several sources in
, during the last few hours
foreign military groups, estimated at hundreds of individuals, began to spread
near the villages of the north-Jordan city of “Al-Mafraq”, which is adjacent to
the Jordanian and Syrian border. Jordan
According to one Jordanian military officer who asked to remain anonymous, hundreds of soldiers who speak languages other than Arabic were seen during the past two days in those areas moving back and forth in military vehicles between the King Hussein Air Base of al-Mafraq (10 km from the Syrian border), and the vicinity of Jordanian villages adjacent to the Syrian border, such as village Albaej (5 km from the border), the area around the dam of Sarhan, the villages of Zubaydiah and al-Nahdah adjacent to the Syrian border.
Another report received from our source in
Our Iraqi journalist source in
“Some of the
The above information was further corroborated by our correspondent and advisor Nizar Nayouf who interviewed an employee in the London-based office of Royal Jordanian Airlines:
“At least one US aircraft carrying military personnel landed in the Prince Hassan Air base located about 100 km to the east of the city of
Earlier last week, Jordanian news websites disclosed that “Western officials have requested the King to allow establishing an electronic spy station in the north of Jordan (near the Syrian border) in order to access the Syrian army and contact Syrian high-rank officers for convincing them to make a military coup or (at least) rebel against the regime”.
Nizar Nayouf, BFP advisor and correspondent on Syria in London, had the following statement on Al-Mafraq:
“The al-Mafraq air base, which now includes
Mr. Nayouf went on to emphasize the irony of the situation:
“I guess history repeats itself but as farce…Last spring, that tens of Syrian soldiers, who fled to
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