BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to bolster that country's military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with Syria, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.
Speaking at a NATO conference of defense ministers in Brussels, Panetta said the U.S. has been working with Jordan to monitor chemical and biological weapons sites in Syria and also to help Jordan deal with refugees pouring over the border from Syria. The troops are also building a headquarters for themselves.
But the revelation of U.S. military personnel so close to the 19-month-old Syrian conflict suggests an escalation in the U.S. military involvement in the conflict, even as Washington pushes back on any suggestion of a direct intervention in Syria...Read More
Turkey forces down jet bound for Syria
Intelligence reports said the plane was carrying cargo banned by civil aviation rules, Turkey's Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said.
We are determined to control the flow of weapons to the regime in Syria, which is mercilessly massacring its people.
The plane was carrying about 30 passengers and some cargo that it didn't report, Mr Davutoglu said in an interview broadcast by TGRT television from Athens, without specifying what the cargo was. Authorities later discovered 12-13 "giant" crates of equipment destined for the Syrian armed forces, including communications gear and jammers, the Istanbul-based Hurriyet newspaper said.
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