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Jordan hosts major military exercise

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Jordan announced on Monday the commencement of significant military exercises known as 'Eager Lion', involving ground, naval, and air forces from 33 countries, including the United States, France, and the United Kingdom.

King Abdullah II of Jordan (L) © X

Jordan announced on Monday the commencement of significant military exercises known as 'Eager Lion', involving ground, naval, and air forces from 33 countries, including the United States, France, and the United Kingdom.

The exercises, which are set to conclude on May 23, also see participation from Germany, Italy, Spain, and Canada, among others.

According to Colonel Moustapha al-Hayari, a spokesperson for the Jordanian military, the 'Eager Lion' exercises are designed to enhance the participating forces' capabilities to address various security challenges. These include threats from terrorist organizations and the proliferation of drones and missiles of varying ranges.

Colonel Hayari emphasized that the exercises are purely defensive and not linked to any ongoing conflicts, such as the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

This year's 'Eager Lion' is noted by Colonel Hayari to be the largest since its inception in 2011. While he did not specify the exact number of military personnel involved, the scale of the exercise is indicative of its extensive nature.

Countries such as Poland, Norway, Romania, Japan, and Australia are participating, alongside several Arab nations including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Morocco, and Lebanon. Jordan's strategic position as a neighbor to Israel and a key ally of Washington in the region underscores the importance of these drills.

The 'Eager Lion' exercises are significant for enhancing international military collaboration and readiness. They also serve as a platform for exchanging expertise and strengthening alliances. The involvement of nations from different continents reflects a collective commitment to addressing global security challenges through unified defense strategies.

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