World View: Obama's Meeting with Jordan's Abdullah may Signal Troop Deployment

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Demonstrators in Jordan protest American troop presence
  • Jordan's King Abdullah and Obama meet to discuss Syria
  • Sunni Jihadists pour into Syria

Demonstrators in Jordan protest American troop presence

Anti-American protesters in Amman, Jordan on Friday (Al-Monitor)
Anti-American protesters in Amman, Jordan on Friday (Al-Monitor)

Last week, we reported that the U.S. announced the formal deployment of 200 troops to Jordan. The troops will be "ready for military action" if President Barack Obama were to order it. On Friday, Jordanians rallied against the deployment of the U.S. forces in Jordan. Demonstrators also burned a mock American flag. At the end of the demonstration, they gathered in a circle and danced, chanting about Ali Baba and the forty thieves. Al-Monitor

Jordan's King Abdullah and Obama meet to discuss Syria

The question of the use of chemical weapons by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad continued to draw worldwide attention on Friday. President Barack Obama met with Jordan's King Abdullah II in the White House and said that "a line has been crossed" in Syria. 

He said, "To use weapons of mass destruction on civilian populations crosses another line in terms of international norms and laws... That's going to be a game changer." However, he declined to intervene militarily until a "vigorous investigation" had been completed to find more "direct evidence." 

However, Debka, which sometimes gets things wrong, is quoting its military intelligence sources as saying that the purpose of Obama's meeting with Abdullah is to firm up an agreement for the U.S. to deploy a 20,000 troop "surge" into Jordan. The 200 troops announced last week are to lay the groundwork for the main body to take up quarters in the King Hussein Air Base Mafraq, near the borders of Iraq and Syria. 

The purpose of the "surge" is to protect Jordan's royal family both from jihadists from Syria and from an "Arab Spring" type revolt -- a step that the Obama administration did not take with Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, or Yemen. The "surge" will be heavily coordinated with Israeli forces, and buffer zones will be set up on Syria's borders to prevent attacks on both Jordan and Israel. 

This "surge" comes at a time when thousands of fighters from Iran-backed Shia militias from Iraq and Hizbollah are aiding the al-Assad regime forces and are threatening to defeat the opposition rebels. The Hill and Debka

Sunni Jihadists pour into Syria

With thousands of fighters from Iran-backed Shia militias arriving in Syria to support al-Assad's regime, it's not surprising that thousands of Sunni jihadists are also arriving in Syria to fight the Shia militias. In particular, disaffected Muslims from Germany and elsewhere in Europe have been heading for Syria to receive training in weapons and terrorist techniques. German analysts are concerned that these fighters are gaining experience in Syria, making contacts, and will return to Germany and conduct terrorist attacks there. Spiegel

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Jordan, King Abdullah II, Syria, Bashar al-Assad 

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