• Short Summary

    Jordan joined the war against Israel on Saturday (13 October) and sent troops to help embattled Syria
    The Jordanian announcement did not disclose how many troops had been sent to Stria, but it said they were some of the best soldiers in Jordan's 75,000-man army.

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    Jordan joined the war against Israel on Saturday (13 October) and sent troops to help embattled Syria
    The Jordanian announcement did not disclose how many troops had been sent to Stria, but it said they were some of the best soldiers in Jordan's 75,000-man army.

    In announcing the dispatch of troops, the Jordanian official spokesman made the point that the bulk of the nation's forces would continue to defend the nation's direct ceasefire line -- the longest of any Arab country with Israel -- as they have for the past week.

    King Hussein's decision to commit his troops to fight alongside the Syrians may be a compromise to satisfy Arab demands for assistance. without committing Jordan to a painful war on its won territory.

    SYNOPSIS: On Friday night, King Hussein committed members of his seventy-five thousand man army to fight alongside Syrian forces as they battle to hold off the Israeli advance on Damascus. The Jordanian troops -- some of the best in King Hussein's army -- were reportedly thrown into the battle with Israeli forces as a result of developments on the Syrian front.

    During the first week of fighting in the renewed Middle East conflict, King Hussein had been under pressure form other Arab leaders to join the battle against Israel. By committing his troops to fight with the Syrian forces, King Hussein could lend this support without danger of his country being drawn into a painful war on its own territory.

    Heavy tanks and armoured units moved towards the Syrian frontier on Friday night. Jordan would not comment on how may of its troops were deployed to fight with the Syrians, but it has been reported to involve a brigade.

    A Jordanian spokesmen said that Jordan was not only acting in the cause of Arab unity, but in defence of its own interests as a country with a border with Israel....It is still not clear what effect the introduction of Jordanian troops will have in steaming the Israeli advance into Syria.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4BBWRL72RP8R7OAWTL5AKFL54
    Media URN:
    VLVA4BBWRL72RP8R7OAWTL5AKFL54
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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