US Giving Jordan Over a Billion Dollars in Military Aid

September 3, 2015  

The United States is significantly increasing its military aid to Jordan. Over the next three years, reports on Thursday said, Jordan will receive at least a billion dollars in military assistance.

The aid package will include advanced weaponry that until now has not been provided the country. Among the weapons are Javelin and Hellfire anti-tank missiles, Cougar armored personnel carriers, Paveway laser-guided bombs, and targeting system for the country’s fleet of F-16 fighter jets.

In addition to the military aid, another $500 million will be given to Jordan to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State terror group.

Jordan also receives over a billion dollars in economic aid each year from the US. Officials said that that sum would likely be increased in the coming years as well.

The aid level to Jordan has jumped significantly in the past several years. In 2011, the country got no more than $300 million in military assistance.

Since the rise of ISIS and the beginning of the civil war in Syria, however, Jordan has become much more important geopolitically for the US, and hence the increased levels of aid.

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