US, Jordan planning large-scale military drill in May
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US, Jordan planning large-scale military drill in May

Exercise to be Jordan's largest; will include 17 other countries and 8,000 participants from five continents

Jordan's King Abdullah II (photo credit: CC BY-SA World Economic Forum, Flickr)
Jordan's King Abdullah II (photo credit: CC BY-SA World Economic Forum, Flickr)

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Top military commanders say the US and Jordan will conduct a large-scale military exercise next month.

Jordan’s Petra news agency says the drills will involve 17 other countries. The goals are strengthening military ties and improving coordinated handling of threats, terrorism and crises.

The visiting chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, discussed the maneuvers Sunday with his Jordanian counterpart, Lt. Gen. Mashal Mohammed Zabin.

The drills are called “Eager Lion.” They are set for May 7 to May 28. Petra said they would be Jordan’s largest, involving 8,000 participants from five continents.

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