Since the beginning of the year, Jordan has been welcoming troops from other Arab nations to strengthen eastern defences against Israel.
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Background: Since the beginning of the year, Jordan has been welcoming troops from other Arab nations to strengthen eastern defences against Israel. On Wednesday (March 8), 60 Saudi Arabian commando officers graduated and paraded with Jordanian troops after large-scale battle exercises north of Amman.
Visnews cameraman George Haj visited the army camp -- exact location secret -- to film commandos battling their way round a tough assault course with support from Jordanian helicopters and jets.
The Jordanian authorities have stipulated that foreign troops must be under Jordanian command at all times. Until just over a year ago, Iraq maintained 12,000 troops in Jordanian -- but they were withdrawn during the inter-Arab squabbling that followed the Jordanian crackdown on palestinian guerrillas.
SYNOPSIS: At a Jordanian Army base north of Amman, a helicopter and Jordanian jets took in a large-scale battle exercise on Wednesday. It gave commandos, about to graduate from an officer course, an opportunity to show their mettle under realistic battle conditions. It was special because sixty Saudi Arabian soldiers were taking part alongside the Jordanians. The combine operation results from Jordan's renewed policy of welcoming troops from other Arab nations to help strengthen the eastern frontier with Israel.
Last December, Jordanian Prime Minister Ahmed Al-Lawzi announced that his country would once again welcome foreign troops -- providing they were under Jordanian control. Iraq used to have twelve-thousand soldiers stationed in Jordan. But they were withdrawn following the Jordanian crackdown on Palestinian guerrillas.
Saudi and Jordanian commandos received graduation diplomas from Major-General Mohammed Ben Amer. Last week, Jordan said she was ready to enter binding new military agreements with other Arab states against Israel.