Nineteen nations are conducting the ‘largest military exercises in the Middle East in 10 years’ in Jordan By Gabe Kahn
The United States is leading what it described as the “largest military exercises in the Middle East in 10 years” in Jordan on Tuesday.
Eager Lion 2012 “is the largest exercise held in the region in the past ten years,” Major General Ken Tovo, head of the US Special Operations Forces, told reporters in Amman.
“Yesterday we began to apply the skills that we have developed over the last weeks in an irregular warfare scenario … They will last for approximately the coming two weeks,” he added.
“The message that I want to send through this exercise is that we have developed the right partners throughout the region and across the world … insuring that we have the ability to … meet challenges that are coming to our nations,” Tovo said.
BFP Exclusive: Foreign Troops Begin to Spread Near the Villages of Al-Mafraq
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Today at 12:00 P.M. we contacted DOD Press Office via two voicemail messages and one e-mail asking for comment(s) on this story. As of 6:00 P.M. EST we have not heard back. Update 2: Another journalist with a major mainstream media publication was told by his editors that there would be no coverage or follow up on these developments. According to first-hand accounts and reports provided to Boiling Frogs Post by several sources in Jordan, during the last few hours foreign military groups, estimated at hundreds of individuals, began to spread near the villages of the north-Jordan city of “Al-Mafraq”, which is adjacent to the Jordanian and Syrian border.
According to one Jordanian military officer who asked to remain anonymous, hundreds of soldiers who speak languages other than Arabic were seen during the past two days in those areas moving back and forth in military vehicles between the King Hussein Air Base of al-Mafraq (10 km from the Syrian border), and the vicinity of Jordanian villages adjacent to the Syrian border, such as village Albaej (5 km from the border), the area around the dam of Sarhan, the villages of Zubaydiah and al-Nahdah adjacent to the Syrian border.
Another report received from our source in Amman identified an additional US-NATO Command Center in “al-Houshah,’ a village near Mafraq.
Our Iraqi journalist source in London provided us with the following related information:
Op-ed: Establishing 2nd Palestinian state west of Jordan River would be great folly
The Jewish State was established in the Land of Israel. Not in Uganda, not in South America and not in any other area offered to the Jews at one time or another as a response to their distress. The League of Nations, which granted Britain the mandate to form the Jewish people’s national home, referred to the entire territory on both sides of the Jordan River.
One should be aware of the following: There was no “Jordanian people” to the east of the Jordan River that sought independence there, just like there was no “Palestinian people” west of the Jordan River.
Hence, When David Ben-Gurion drafted the Declaration of Independence he did not determine the State of Israel’s borders. He too knew that at the end of the war forced upon the small Jewish community by Arab states, the borders will be different than the “partition boundaries.”
The Jewish state’s first prime minister also knew that any territory to be conquered by the IDF will remain part of the state, and will not be called “occupied territory.” The Jewish state will become its legal owner based on the international conventions that designated the whole of the Land of Israel, on both sides of the Jordan River (yes, Mr. Jordanian King) for a Jewish home.
“The Mosque of Jesus Christ” is the exact name given to a mosque in the city of Madaba, south of the Jordanian capital Amman, founded in 2008.
This mosque is presently being hailed by the international news media as the first an only mosque in the modern Arab world to ever be named after Jesus Christ (peace be upon him).
In fact, it is not the only — or even the first — mosque in the Arab world to be named in Christ’s honor. There is the Isa Bin Maryam (Jesus son of Mary) Mosque in Tripoli Lebanon, the famous Jesus Mosque in Giza Egypt, and countless other small mosques carrying the name without any claim to fame.
Senior official tells UAE-based al-Bayan newspaper that Amman’s national interests ‘could be in danger’ if Palestinians’ General Assembly bid succeeds Roee Nahmias
A senior Jordanian official says the Hashemite kingdom will vote against a Palestinian statehood bid scheduled to be put before the UN General Assembly in September.
“Jordan’s top national interests will be in danger if the Palestinian Authority declares statehood unilaterally – especially in everything related to the issue of refugees, water, Jerusalem, and the borders,” the UAE-based al-Bayan quoted a Jordanian state official as saying.
The high-ranking official added that a unilateral Palestinian declaration of state is in Israel’s best interest, as it wants the state to be established “within the borders of the separation fence” – a move that would effectively erase the border between the West Bank and Jordan,
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This morning I was listening to Fox News as they were giving a report on the current situation in Libya and Syria. My preparations for the day came to a screeching halt when I heard the talking head say, in the kindest, most compassionate voice, “the struggle for democracy in the Middle East continues…” What is it that they – the talking heads – do not, cannot or refuse to understand about the so-called struggle for democracy in the Middle East and the spontaneity of it all. I am astounded at the blind ignorance of the media, the very ones that we trust to bring us truth from around the world.
There is nothing spontaneous about these uprisings. Without a doubt, there are some people involved who truly do want democracy and a better life for themselves. Those people are not the ones that have caused the uprising but have been used by the Muslim Brotherhood as pawns in a very dangerous chess game. To think, suggest or hope that anyone is behind these demonstrations other than the Muslim Brotherhood is to imply that we, the people, are totally stupid and incapable of understanding what the media chooses not to admit.
Construction could affect outcome of future agreement with Israel The Obama administration supports the concept of the Palestinian Authority opening an airport near Jerusalem, according to PA sources speaking to WND.
The PA is planning to start the infrastructure of the airport in the town of al Buqya, between Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley. WND has learned that PA official Saadi el-Krunz is heading the PA campaign to raise money for the airport.
In line with the demand that Israel freeze all Jewish construction in the West Bank and eastern section of Jerusalem, WND has learned that the U.S. is aiding the Palestinians in building infrastructure in largely Arab eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods controlled by Israel.
In so doing, the U.S. is working with the PA to change the facts on the ground, which could affect the outcome of a future Israel Palestinian agreement.
J Street, the controversial Jewish pressure group that was created to lobby for a Palestinian state, is back in the news. J Street is now in the news in — of all places — Amman, Jordan because of its unauthorized freelance diplomacy mission there. The Jordan Times reported on May 2 that “[t]heir Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania on Sunday met with delegates from the American organization, J Street, who are on a visit to the Kingdom as part of a regional tour.”
The question is, why would the Jordanian monarchy be interested in meeting with J Street in the first place? One might think that a group that held its first national convention only in October of 2009 would not be deemed worthy of meeting with Jordan’s king and queen.
Standing committees of the Euro-Med parliamentary assembly began meetings in Amman on Friday a day before the assembly meeting, to feature participation of 42 countries.
Members of the Women Rights committee discussed how to address all forms of violence against women, and determine causes of violence, and legal and legislative measures to tackle the matter.