US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has confirmed that US troops have been dispatched to the Jordan-Syrian border to help bolster the former’s military capabilities in case violence escalates in the volatile region.
“We have a group of our forces there working to help build a headquarters there and to insure that we make the relationship between the United States and Jordan a strong one so that we can deal with all the possible consequences of what’s happening in Syria,” Panetta said.
Panetta’s comments came during a NATO conference of defense ministers in Brussels, where he said the US had been working with Jordan to monitor chemical and biological weapons sites in Syria and help the country deal with Syrian refugees crossing over the border.
The United States has joined forces with Syria’s neighbours to monitor the chemical and biological weapons in the violence-plagued country, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday, expressing worry about their fate.
“We continue to be concerned about the security of those sites,” he told journalists after a meeting with NATO defence ministers in Brussels. “We want to be very sure that those chemical weapons do not fall into the wrong hands.”
A US team is working with Jordan on the issue, while talks are also underway with Turkey on the matter, Panetta said.
“We’re continuing to work with regional partners to not only monitor the situation, but to continue to evaluate what the status is in regards to their security,” he noted.