AMMAN, Jordan — The United States and Jordan launch a 12-day military exercise with scenarios ranging from border security to counterterrorism and, for the first time, a simulated chemical incident.
The Eager Lion drill starts Sunday, a day after the US, France, and Britain launched missiles at Syrian military targets in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus a week ago.
Maj. Gen. Jon Mott, the director of Exercises and Training at the US Central Command, tells reporters that a mobile laboratory team will respond to a simulated chemical incident.
He sys that it is a “threat all too real, as we’ve seen recently in Syria.”
More than 7,000 troops, including 3,500 US service members, are participating in the annual drill, the US military’s largest and most complex in the region.