Jordan rejects Assad claim it plans to send troops to Syria
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Jordan rejects Assad claim it plans to send troops to Syria

Amman says Syrian president’s assertion that it is ‘part of the American plan’ against his country is baseless

File: Jordan's King Abdullah II speaks during a press conference with US President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House on April 5, 2017. (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)
File: Jordan's King Abdullah II speaks during a press conference with US President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House on April 5, 2017. (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan has rejected as “baseless” claims that it plans to deploy troops in neighboring Syria in coordination with the United States.

Syrian President Bashar Assad made the allegation in an interview Friday with the Russian news website Sputnik. Russia is an Assad ally in Syria’s six-year-old civil war.

Assad told Sputnik that “Jordan was part of the American plan since the beginning of the war in Syria.”

Jordan is part of the region’s Sunni Muslim camp, while Assad is backed by Shiite Muslim Iran and Hezbollah. Jordan is also part of a US-led military coalition against Islamic State and has carried out airstrikes on IS targets in Syria and Iraq.

In this June 7, 2016 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad addresses the newly-elected parliament in Damascus, Syria. (SANA via AP)
In this June 7, 2016 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad addresses the newly elected parliament in Damascus, Syria. (SANA via AP)

Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed Momani said Jordan continues to push for a political solution in Syria.

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