U.S. Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) scan the horizon while transiting the Bab al-Mandeb Strait aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), April 1, 2018. (Cpl. Jon Sosner/Marine Corps)
Compiled by Lisa Phillips of OpDeepState.com
April 17, 2018
(ANTIMEDIA) — In what can only be described as a remarkable coincidence, thousands of U.S. Marines arrived in Jordan at around the same time the U.S., U.K., and France were organizing a direct military strike on Jordan’s neighbor, Syria.
According to the Marine Corps Times, nearly 3,600 U.S. troops, including roughly 1,800 Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Jordan for the start of an almost two-week training exercise known as Eager Lion.
On Sunday, thousands of Marines and U.S. troops kicked off a major training exercise that is reportedly set to include civilian evacuation operations, as well as chemical and biological drills. The drills followed the U.S.-led Anglo-alliance’s assault on neighboring Syria, which was allegedly in retaliation for a chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma.
While the media delivered a stunning performance on its coverage of Trump’s strikes on the Syrian government, as the Marine Corps Times notes, “little has been made of the fact that thousands of U.S. and Jordanian troops will be training a short skip away from the Syrian border with armored vehicles and military aircraft.”
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As Capt. Natalie Poggemeyer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit spokeswoman, wrote in an email to the Marine Corps Times on Saturday:
“Planned training evolutions include live-fire ranges, fire support coordination exercises, military working dog training, close quarters battle, military operations in urban terrain, chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear training, visit/board/search/seizure, and an Embassy Reinforcement/ Noncombatant Evacuation Operation, among others.”
However, military officials did not confirm whether the chemical and biological training was related to any threats or recent events taking place in Syria.
The annual training exercise in Jordan “is a unique opportunity for U.S. and Jordanian forces to train together, exercise key capabilities, and to pursue new ways to collectively address regional threats,” Poggemeyer also reportedly said. “We’re committed to increasing our understanding and readiness to truly demonstrate we are prepared and trained to deal with crises, in whatever form they may come.”
The drill will also involve AV-8B Harriers, MV-22 Ospreys, and attack helicopters.
The Marines taking part in the drills just recently finished a training exercise called Alligator Dagger in Djibouti, a country located in the Horn of Africa. One has to wonder how many Americans have even heard of Djibouti, let alone the number of Americans who are aware their military has been conducting military drills there. It was also revealed not too long ago that the U.S. has troops in Cameroon, Yemen, Lebanon, Niger, the Philippines, and Egypt, as well as some 2,300 personnel already deployed in Jordan. In January of this year, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made a trip to speak to these same troops at a U.S. base in Jordan near the Syrian border, telling the troops: “President Trump has your back.”
Last year, reports emerged that there was a major buildup of U.S., British, and Jordanian forces near the Syrian border, prompting fears that the U.S. was days away from launching a full-scale invasion of Syrian territory. However, these reports were most likely based on the events that took place during last year’s Eager Lion drill, which, prior to this year regularly took place in May, not April. The Zarqa Jordanian military base is located approximately 100 miles from the Syrian capital of Damascus, which is fairly close when considering the alarming reach of the U.S. military.
Recent events in Syria suggest that the drill may have been moved up by a month due to a reason not yet disclosed to the American public, but one can only hope that this is not yet another sign of a wider military escalation in the Syrian conflict.
Last year, Eager Lion was launched from the Zarqa Jordanian military base, located near the Syrian border and roughly 100 miles from the Syrian capital of Damascus.
The exercise has routinely been viewed as a pretext for an invasion of Syria by analysts and countries aligned with the Syrian regime.
Last year, satellite photos indicating a massive buildup of military armored vehicles sent alarm bells through Iran, Syria’s ally in its nearly eight year civil war, prompting media speculation about a pending invasion. The build-up was nothing more than the start of Eager Lion.
“Eager Lion is a major training event that provides U.S. forces and Jordan Armed Forces the opportunity to improve their collective ability to plan and operate in a coalition-type environment,” according to a press release from U.S. Central Command published April 2.
“A wide variety of scenarios – from long-range bomber missions to maritime security operations to a ground force attack of a fictitious adversary – will occur throughout Jordan during the event.”
In September 2017, we reported:
In terms of US and Middle East geopolitics, something extremely significant has just taken place this week, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the Western mainstream press. This latest addition to the Pentagon’s imperial portfolio of over 800 overseas military bases is sure to fuel even more resistance to what many see as a policy of global hegemony.
On Monday, the United States formally unveiled its plan to establish a permanent military installation inside of Israel.
The new US air defense base will be located in the Negev desert – a “base within a base” sharing the new location with an existing IDF facility at Mashabim Air Base located between the towns of Dimona and Yerucham. The base will fall under the umbrella of US European Command (EUCOM) headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.
Plans for the new US Air Force base began under former US president Barack Obama, and transitioned to formation under President Donald Trump.
What we know is the Pentagon has been hijacked by members of the Zionist group “Project for a New American Century”(PNAC). The former comptroller of the Pentagon, Dov Zacheim, a rabbi and dual citizen of Israel/USA, has been instrumental in robbing the American taxpayers blind. These are the same people who put Israel ahead of the United States, and accomplish this by using the Israel Lobby (AIPAC) to control every member of Congress and the Senate.
$21 Trillion dollars is missing from the US government. That is $65,000 for every person in America. That is more than our entire national debt!
Two CIA whistleblowers confirm the tyranny of both houses of Congress by putting Israel ahead of America:
General Wesley Clark tells how Middle East destabilization was planned as far back as 1991. Clark’s announcement came right after the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers and the Pentagon. Israel, through it’s “ally” the United States, seeks to take down 7 Middle Eastern countries. The USA/Israel war in Syria is in progress, and the only country left to attack and destroy is Iran, who already has nuclear weapons. Once the Israelis successfully gain control of public opinion through their propaganda machine, Fox News, and the other main stream “news” networks, they will send our American men and women off to war in order to destroy the US Military in a war that cannot be won. When is the last time America won a war? And it’s all about seizing control of the oil pipelines. Is this oil pipeline that runs between Iran and Israel next on their list?
Americans don’t even realize our troops have already been in Syria for quite some time.
The United States has invaded Syria with a significant military force, is occupying nearly one-third of its territory, has announced plans for an indefinite occupation, and is plundering the country’s petroleum resources. Washington has no authorization under international or even US law to invade and occupy Syria, much less attack Syrian forces, which it has done repeatedly. Nor has it a legal warrant to create new administrative and governance structures in the country to replace the Syrian government, a project it is undertaking through a parallel invasion of US diplomatic personnel. These actions—criminal, plunderous, and an assault on democracy at an international level—amount to a retrograde project of recolonization by an empire bent on extending its supremacy to all the Arab and Muslim worlds, including the few remaining outposts of resistance to foreign tyranny. Moreover, US actions represent an escalation of Washington’s long war on Syria, previously carried out through proxies, including the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, into a full-scale conventional war with direct US military involvement. Yet, despite the enormity of the project, and the escalation of the war, the US occupation of Syria has largely flown under the radar of public awareness.