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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:36pm
US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel announced today the United States will deploy up to 200 troops to Jordan, as part of a humanitarian mission to help Jordan with the large number of Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war in their country.
Those troops being deployed will come from the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss.
According to the Department of Defense, the refugees pouring in from Syria are placing a constraint on Jordan's resources, so American troops will assist their Jordanian counterparts with that issue.
Fort Bliss soldiers will replace a team of troops that's already there in Jordan.
The Department of Defense says deploying the troops to Jordan will create long term cooperation and stability in that region.
"It's important to note the Jordanians armed forces are really in the lead. We're augmenting them with anything that may happen in Syria. They have plans in place and we're there to help them facilitate those plans," said Major Joe Buccino, spokesperson for Fort Bliss.
Congressman Beto O'Rourke released the following statement about the deployment:
"I am extremely proud that our Fort Bliss service members have been given the opportunity to use their skills and expertise to defend our country's national interests abroad. On behalf of El Pasoans and our country, we owe them a debt of gratitude for their service."
Soldiers from Fort Bliss will begin leaving for Jordan in mid-May.
No word yet on how long those troops will remain in Jordan. The Department of Defense says they will rotate troops so no one group will not have to remain there for a long period of time.