VISNEWS cameraman Ayyub Mirza spent three days this week with the Yarmuck brigade - the crack Jordanian unit that defected last September to support the Palestinian guerrillas.
VISNEWS cameraman Ayyub Mirza spent three days this week with the Yarmuck brigade - the crack Jordanian unit that defected last September to support the Palestinian guerrillas. Based at Der'aa on the Syrian border with Jordan, the 5,500 officers and men are in constant training with anti aircraft guns, heavy field guns, anti tank cannon and machine guns.
The Yarmuck brigade is under orders from Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation - and the Commander of the Brigade, Major Bilal, himself a Palestinian, says that his men are ready to fight tooth and nail alongside the commandos wherever they are needed.
SYNOPSIS: Training in Der'aa on the Syrian side of the broader with Jordan are soldiers of the Yarmuck brigade. The Brigade was a crack unit of the Jordanian army until last September when the Commander and most of his men defected to support the Palestinian guerrillas. Their discipline and their experience have been a valuable asset to the commandos. The Yarmuck brigade has been kept in constant training, ready to fight for the commando whenever called upon.
There are five thousand five hundred men in the Yarmuck brigade, most of them having crossed the border with their commander. The Jordanian name was the Hussein Ibn Ali brigade, named after King Hussein's grandfather. Much of the equipment was brought with the brigade when they defected.
These machine guns were part of the Brigade's original equipment as well as 20mm anti-aircraft guns, 85mm heavy field guns, 83mm anti-tank cannon, and 36mm mortars. The commander of the Brigade said that yet more equipment has been given by Russia, China, Libya and Algeria.
The commandos have said they will fight tooth and nail whenever called upon.
The Commander of the Brigade, Major Bilal, is himself a Palestinian and an admirer of Yasser Arafat. The brigade is under orders from Mr Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, who last Wednesday saw a split open in the Palestine commando movement after he suggested attending 2 peace conference with a Jordanian delegation in Saudi Arabia.