Jordanian army on 'high alert' for Syria strike

Published September 4th, 2013 - 09:59 GMT
ordanian opposition protesters shout slogans during a anti-US demonstration outside the US embassy on September 1, 2013 in the Jordanian capital Amman. (AFP)
ordanian opposition protesters shout slogans during a anti-US demonstration outside the US embassy on September 1, 2013 in the Jordanian capital Amman. (AFP)

Jordan has put its forces on high alert ahead of anticipated Western airstrikes against the Syrian regime.

The Jordanian kingdom’s air force has granted Al Arabiya special access to an airbase where preparations are underway for any emergency.

Jordan has said it will not be a launchpad for any foreign military intervention in Syria. But as the West threatens to strike the regime in Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons, it seems that Jordan’s army is ready for various possibilities.

The army has been silent on the anticipated strikes, but these exclusive images of F 16 jets testify that the situation is not all as normal as it may seem.

The Jordanian Air force is one of the strongest in the Arab world, possessing many of the most advanced fighter-jets in the world today.

Jordan is also one of few countries that possess the multiple Himars truck -mounted rocket launchers that exceed 70 kilometers in range and can identify a target within seconds.

A political solution in Syria remains the favorable option for Jordan, but the army says it is prepared to defend the country and its people at any time.


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