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U.S. to keep missiles, jets in Jordan amid Syria crisis

US Defense Secretary says the US will keep Patriot missile batteries and F-16 fighter jets in Jordan after the completion of joint military exercises

Abir Kopty , Saturday 15 Jun 2013
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The United States will keep Patriot missile batteries and F-16 fighter jets in Jordan after the completion of joint military exercises this month amid the crisis in neighboring Syria, the Pentagon said on Saturday.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel "has approved a request from the Kingdom of Jordan for a detachment of F-16s and Patriot Missiles to remain in Jordan following the conclusion of the Eager Lion Exercise next week," Pentagon spokesman George Little said in a statement.

"All other U.S. personnel assigned to Jordan for Eager Lion will depart at the conclusion of the exercise. The United States enjoys a longstanding partnership with Jorda

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