UK military to train Jordan’s air force


UK Prime Minister Theresa May is set to announce the deployment of the country’s military trainers in Jordan in order to help the Middle Eastern country in attacking alleged Daesh (ISIL) positions in Iraq and Syria.

May would make the announcement during a visit to the Jordanian capital of Amman on Monday, as she begins a highly symbolic trade and security mission to the Middle East amid talks for London to leave the European Union.

Jordan has been actively contributing to the US-led coalition’s airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since 2014. The country is also participating in Saudi Arabia’s ruthless airstrikes against Yemen.

This recent picture shows a French soldier preparing, at a military air base in Jordan, a French Rafale fighter jet partaking in the US-led coalition, January 30, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

According to The Independent, the British premier is planning to use the recent Daesh-claimed terror attack that killed four and injured dozens in London to bolster military cooperation with Jordan and other allies in Middle East.

“It is clearly in the UK’s security and prosperity interests to support Jordan and Saudi Arabia in tackling regional challenges to create a more stable region, and in delivering their ambitious reform programs to ensure their own stability,” May said before leaving London.

“To tackle the threats we face from terrorism and from geopolitical instability, we must meet them at their source. Jordan is on the front line of multiple regional crises and I’m clear that by working with them, we are helping keep British people safe,” she added.

“Likewise in Saudi Arabia: we must never forget that intelligence we have received in the past from that country has saved potentially hundreds of lives in the UK,” the PM further argued.

After Jordan, May will head to Saudi Arabia. According to reports, British exports to Saudi Arabia topped £6.6 billion in 2015.

Ignoring international concerns about the human rights records of the Arab monarchies, May has sought to expand ties with them to ensure economic opportunities for the UK in the wake of Brexit.

London has been unconditionally supporting the war on Yemen by providing Saudis with weapons, intelligence and training.


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