11-08-12

Jordanian army attacks Syria - France provokes by sending troops

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The Jordanian army has destroyed two Syrian border outposts by tank shelling after clashes broke out between the two sides.

Clashes erupted late Friday in the Tel Shihab-Turra area, about 50 miles north of the Jordanian capital Amman. 

Jordanian officials say reports of any casualties have not been released.

Meanwhile, France has deployed troops to the Syrian border with Jordan. The French government announced that its soldiers had been deployed “to help refugees” in the border area. 

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and that there are reports that a very large number of the insurgents in Syria are foreign nationals. 

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France deploys troops to Syria-Jordan border

France has sent troops to the Syrian border with Jordan amid reports of escalating foreign support for the insurgents fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

France said its soldiers have been deployed to 'help refugees' in the border area. 

On Monday, the spokeswoman for the so-called Syrian National Council (SNC), Bassma Kodmani, singled out Saudi Arabia and Qatar among the countries providing arms for the insurgents. 

Reports also indicate that the notorious US security firm Blackwater is reportedly training al-Qaeda militants in Saudi Arabia and Turkey’s border areas to fight in Syria. 

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Photo: Last week U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visited Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Jordan...

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