WASHINGTON — A U.S. defense official says an American military team is in Jordan to help with upheaval created by the crisis in neighboring Syria.
He says some 100 military planners and other personnel stayed in Jordan after attending an annual May exercise and several dozen more have flown in since — operating from a joint U.S.-Jordanian military center north of Amman that Americans have used for years.
He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the mission on the record.
The official stressed that the team is not there to fight, but rather for contingency planning on a number of issues including how to handle the flood of Syrian refugees in Jordan and creating a buffer zone to protect the ally in the continuing crisis.
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