The United States can “endanger world peace and cause a serious military confrontation” by deploying troops to Jordan, which is a move not only against Syria, but also against Iraq and Iran, a political analyst told Press TV.
“Now, these 700 troops are very much a precursor to what could be a much larger force. The U.S. as I mentioned looks on Jordan as the high ground,” Gordon Duff, senior editor at Veterans Today, said on Saturday.
“It’s the last place the U.S. can operate in, but not necessarily operates against Syria, because Russia has made it very clear they’re going to defend Syria,” he added.
In a letter to Congress on Friday, President Barack Obama said that the United States has left about 700 combat-equipped troops in Jordan after a training exercise, raising questions about Washington’s plans for a military intervention in neighboring Syria.
Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour says the U.S. has about 900 troops in the country.
“America does feel that it has the need to be in Jordan. Because Jordan and Syria are being used as a propping up point to destroy Iraq, to dismember Iraq’s Kurdistan and that may be aimed eventually at Iran,” Duff said.
Earlier this month, President Obama decided that the United States would send weapons to militant groups in Syria following claims made by the White House that Damascus had crossed Washington’s “red line” by using chemical weapons against the militants.
The Syrian government has strongly rejected the accusations.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday that CIA operatives have been secretly training militants on the use of anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons for months.
On Saturday, foreign ministers of countries that support the Syrian armed opposition convened for the so-called Friends of Syria meeting in the Qatari capital, Doha, and agreed to step up aid to the militants.