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U.S. Central Command Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Grippe returns from a static line jump from a U.S. Air Force C-17 during exercise Eager Lion 2011. Eager Lion 2011 is a major bilateral strategic theater cooperation exercise between Jordan and the U.S. focusing on irregular warfare, special operations and counterinsurgency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac)

The United States, its ally Jordan and 15 other countries will next month participate in military exercises to be held in the kingdom, Jordan’s military said in a statement on Sunday.

“The exercises will focus on boosting crisis management and techniques to fight terrorism,” the U.S. statement said, adding that the war games will see more than 8,000 participants displaying their skills.

Jordan is a major beneficiary of U.S. military and economic aid, with Washington granting Amman $2.4 billion in the past five years, according to official figures.

Source: Al Arabiya

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