AMMAN, JORDAN — More than 15,000 troops from 18 countries will take part in a joint military exercise in Jordan in the coming weeks, a military official said Saturday.
Jordan's armed forces will host the exercise, Eager Lion 2013, with troops from "friendly countries,” including the United States, taking part, the official Petra news agency cited the official as saying.
They will participate in battlefield, logistics and humanitarian exercises alongside troops from Britain, Bahrain, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, he added.
The official did not say when the maneuvers were due to begin but said they would run for two weeks and would follow last year's "successful" operation.
Jordan is a major beneficiary of US military and economic aid, with Washington granting $2.4 billion (€1.85 billion) in the past five years, according to official figures.
The war games will be held as Jordan is currently hosting around 500,000 refugees who fled the civil war in neighboring Syria. Amman has repeatedly called on the international community for more support in dealing with the influx.