US army chief says Jordan is among US ‘most committed’ allies

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AMMAN — Jordan is among America’s “most committed partners” and Washington appreciates the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah, a top US military official said.اضافة اعلان

Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, Commander of the US Central Command, said he was “concerned” about al Hol Camp in northeast Syria being a “breeding ground” for extremists affiliated with Daesh.

“One point about which I am concerned is the camp for the internally displaced in al Hol, northeast Syria,” Kurilla told Col. Mustafa Abdul Halim Al-Hiyari, Director of Military Media, during a visit to Jordan.

“The world needs to know about the growing hazard. The region needs to know about this looming threat,” he said. He said the camp was home to nearly 56,000 displaced Syrians, most of them are under the age of 18.

“Many of these are Families of Islamic State fighter who were killed or captured in the war. This camp, which I visited last month, is a literal breeding ground for ISIS: 10 children are born there every day, 300 each month,” he pointed out.

Kurilla said while security at the camp was improving, “an organized international response that would return Families of Islamic State foreign fighters to their home countries is required to prevent this ticking time bomb from going off.”

The US general praised relations with Jordan saying the kingdom has been a “strong ally for decades.”

He lauded the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah and the Jordanian Armed Forces, saying the Kingdom “continues to serve as a reliable strategic partner and a bulwark for regional peace and stability.”

“Jordan is among our most committed partners in the Middle East – this was made clear during the battle against ISIS,” he emphasized.

He revealed that upcoming drills, called the “Eager Lion”, are scheduled for September, adding that the exercise “will focus on counterterror operations, integrated air and missile defense, maritime security, and border security.”

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