US Military has secretly deployed a taskforce operating near Syria
US military taskforce operating near Syria
Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:35AM GMT
The US military has secretly deployed a force of ‘planners and specialists’ to Jordan in an apparent bid to protect the Amman regime from the spread of Syrian crisis and set the stage for creating of a “buffer zone” inside Syria.
The clandestine effort by the US military to dispatch “a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists” marks the first reported bid by Washington to prepare for a military intervention in Syria and is being led by “a senior American officer” at a “Jordanian military training center in northern Amman,” influential US daily The New York Times reports Wednesday.
According to the report, quoting “American officials familiar with the operation,” the mission includes setting up plans to “insulate” the US-backed Jordanian dictatorship in Amman from the potential outbreak of the foreign-sponsored turmoil in Syria, a key base for anti-Israeli resistance in the region.
“The idea of establishing a buffer zone between Syria and Jordan – which would be enforced by Jordanian forces on the Syrian side of the border and supported politically and perhaps logistically by the United States – had been discussed,” the Times article reports, quoting unnamed US officials.
The report says the American move is also intended to avert military clashes taking place along the Syrian-Turkish border as well other “contingencies” such as a change in US policy regarding an all-out military intervention in Syria.
“As we’ve said before, we have been planning for various contingencies, both unilaterally and with our regional partners,” said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little, quoted in the report.
The report also quotes American officials to emphasize on a potential US pretext for an open military involvement in Syrian crisis: “The possibility that Syria will lose control of its chemical weapons.”
American officials use an identical excuse to engage in a full-scale military invasion of Iraq. It was later revealed that no such weapons of mass destruction were discovered in the country, though the US occupation continued years after the fact.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited Jordan and held talks with its King Abdullah II in August, pledging continued American help in case of the expansion of Syria’s turmoil. Later in September, Head of US Central Command Gen. James Mattis visited Jordanian capital of Amman to hold further discussions with the country’s top officials.
The report further says that officials at US Defense Department and Central Command, which overseas American military operations in the Middle East, refused to comment on the deployment of the secret task force to Jordan and its mission.