Colombia FARC reach agreement on deescalating conflict

first_imgRelated posts:Colombian Embassy attaché tells of harrowing 13-year ordeal as a FARC captive An end to Colombia’s war seems close – except in rebel territory Demining Colombia will take ‘a generation’: minister Colombia announces cease-fire deal to end 52-year conflict with FARC HAVANA, Cuba — The Colombian government reached a historic agreement Sunday with leftist FARC guerrillas to de-escalate the decades-long armed conflict, diplomats in Havana said.The move marks a significant step in peace talks between the two sides that began in November 2012 but have been hampered in recent months by an uptick in violence.“The national government, from July 20, will launch a process of de-escalation of military action, in response to the suspension of offensive actions by the FARC,” said a joint statement read by Cuban and Norwegian diplomats, who have been mediating the talks.On July 8, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) said they would observe a one-month unilateral ceasefire.Cuba and Norway are acting as so-called “guarantor” countries in the peace talks. Chile and Venezuela are “escort” countries. All four had called for an urgent de-escalation of the violence.Colombia’s civil strife dates back to 1964 and has drawn in left-wing guerrillas, right-wing paramilitaries and drug gangs, killing more than 220,000 people and uprooting as many as six million.FARC rebels had been observing a unilateral ceasefire since December, and it led to relative calm.But clashes resumed in mid-April, following an ambush by the rebels that left 11 soldiers dead. Each side blames the other for the escalation. The FARC ended their truce in May.During that truce, the fighters claim that government forces stepped up attacks on rebel camps.Since that truce ended, about 30 rebels have been killed in army operations and recent surveys show the public is increasingly wary about the peace process. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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In the US people are drinking themselves to death at record rates

first_imgRelated posts:White people are more likely to deal drugs in the US, but black people are more likely to get arrested for it Prescription-drug battle fuels rise in heroin use in US US drug czar approaches challenge from a different angle: as a recovering alcoholic White House seeks nearly $1.2 billion for drug prevention, treatment, overdose response Alcohol is killing people in the United States at a rate not seen in at least 35 years, according to new federal data. Last year, more than 30,700 U.S. boozers died from alcohol-induced causes, including alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, which is primarily caused by alcohol use.In 2014, there were 9.6 deaths from these alcohol-induced causes per 100,000 people, an increase of 37 percent since 2002.This tally of alcohol-induced fatalities excludes deaths from drunk driving, other accidents, and homicides committed under the influence of alcohol. If those numbers were included the annual toll of deaths directly or indirectly caused by alcohol would be closer to 90,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In recent years, public health experts have focused extensively on overdose deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers, which have risen rapidly since the early 2000s. But in 2014, more people died from alcohol-induced causes (30,722) than from overdoses of prescription painkillers and heroin combined (28,647), according to the CDC. A beer vendor works the crowd at game four of the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on Oct. 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPPhilip J. Cook, a Duke University professor who studies alcohol consumption patterns and their effects, notes that per-capita alcohol consumption has been increasing since the late 1990s.“Since the prevalence of heavy drinking tends to follow closely with per capita consumption, it is likely that one explanation for the growth in alcohol-related deaths is that more people are drinking more,” he wrote in an email.The number of U.S. adults who drink at least monthly rose by a small but significant amount between 2002 and 2014 — from 54.9 percent to 56.9 percent — according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The change has been especially pronounced among women. The percent of women drinking monthly or more rose from 47.9 in 2002 to 51.9 in 2014. And the percentage of women reporting binge drinking — defined as five or more drinks on at least one occasion — rose from 15.7 to 17.4 percent over the same period.Cook notes that when you adjust the alcohol fatality rates for age, the increase narrows somewhat. That’s because older Americans are at more risk for alcohol-induced diseases, like cirrhosis, and the U.S. population has gotten older over the past several decades. Once you adjust for age, the increase in alcohol-deaths “could plausibly be accounted for by the growth in per capita consumption,” Cook said.The heaviest drinkers are at the greatest risk for alcohol-induced causes of mortality. And some drinkers consume plenty of alcohol indeed. Prior research by Cook indicates that the top 10 percent of U.S. adults consume the lion’s share of alcohol in this country — close to 74 drinks a week on average.For people who drink less, alcohol’s effects on health are less clear-cut. A large body of research seems to indicate that moderate alcohol consumption — around a drink or two a day — is associated with decreased risk of mortality.But with alcohol, the line between “moderate use” and “dangerous use” can be a thin one. A recent study quantified the risk of death associated with the use of a variety of common recreational drugs. They found that at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine.The reason? The ratio between a toxic dose and a typical dose is extremely narrow with alcohol. If you’re happily buzzed at say, three drinks, three more might make you sick, and three after that may put you in alcohol poisoning territory.For this reason, some researchers are starting to urge public health officials to focus more on the dangers posed by alcohol, and less on the dangers of less toxic drugs, like marijuana and LSD. One way to rein in problem drinking would be to simply raise federal alcohol taxes, which are currently at historically low levels.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu cites Costa Rica as an example of a

first_img Facebook Comments Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned Costa Rica as an example of a peaceful nation that maintains a good relation with his country, despite supporting a two-state solution. He made the comment during his joint press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House.A reporter asked Netanyahu at the conference, held Wednesday: “Do you back off from your vision to the end of the conflict of two-state solution as you laid out in Bar-Ilan speech, or you still support it?”In his response, the Prime Minister questioned what Abu Mazen — Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine — means by two states. He said:“A state that doesn’t recognize the Jewish state? A state that basically is open for attack against Israel?  What are we talking about?  Are we talking about Costa Rica, or are we talking about another Iran? So obviously it means different things.”The PM also told the reporter that he had already cited the conditions that he believes are necessary for an agreement. “It’s the recognition of the Jewish state, and it is Israel’s security control of the entire area. Otherwise, we’re just fantasizing,” Netanyahu said.The press office of Foreign Minister Manuel González Sanz responded to a Tico Times request for comment on the remarks by saying that for now, González will not address the issue.SupportCosta Rican governments during the past decade have been in favor of a two-state solution.In 1947, Costa Rica had the decisive vote at the United Nations General Assembly on the partition plan that led to the establishment of Israel.However, President Óscar Arias formally recognized Palestinian statehood in February 2008, sparking a debate about the status of Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza.Two years before, Arias had already shaken the country’s relations with Israel when he decided to move the Costa Rican Embassy from Jerusalem to the Israeli capital, Tel Aviv.At the time the Costa Rican and Salvadoran embassies were the only two located in Jerusalem.Watch Netanyahu’s remarks at the press conference in the White House. Related posts:Make Costa Rica great again? President Luis Guillermo Solís to meet with U.S. Vice President Michael Pence Who’s who on the PLN ballot: forecasts for tomorrow’s presidential primary State of the Nation: President Solís highlights economic growth, urges fiscal reformslast_img read more

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Illegal movie download trial starts in Germany

first_imgBERLIN (AP) – The alleged head of an illegal movie downloading platform is going on trial in Germany.Prosecutors accuse the man, identified only as Dirk B., of breaching copyright laws in about 1.1 million cases.The Leipzig state court in eastern Germany, which opened the trial Tuesday, could hand the suspected founder of the kino.to platform a prison sentence of up to 15 years, news agency dapd reported.Prosecutors say the kino.to movie and TV-series streaming and downloading platform registered about four millions users daily, generating high revenues through selling advertisements. Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advicecenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Parents, stop beating yourself up A kino.to website designer was last month sentenced to three years and ten months in prison by the same court.Three other Germans involved were already sentenced to prison terms of about 3 years each in December.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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Police British bandits foiled by gluedup bills

first_img(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Gavin Windsor, a G4S director, said the company’s cash boxes had recently been fitted with a new security system which coats the bills with glue _ along with dye and a colorless, traceable liquid known as “smart water” _ if it is tampered with.“We now have a system within that box that guarantees that when it’s activated, the glue and the dye and the smart water activates within the box and gives you complete coverage,” Windsor said in a telephone interview. “For all intents and purposes it makes (the money) unusable.”Police said in a statement that the gang was spotted by a witness less than an hour after the robbery as they struggled with the glued-up bills. Plainclothes officers swooped in and arrested Amponsah and Ocaya at the scene; Collins was arrested several months later.Amponsah pleaded guilty and received four years and two months in jail. Collins and Ocaya were sentenced to six years and six years and ten months respectively.Although dye bombs and traceable solutions have long been used by security companies and law enforcement as a deterrent against cash robberies, Windsor said that using glue to gum up bills was a relatively new innovation, one he says his company and others have been working on. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   Top Stories Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Associated PressLONDON (AP) – British authorities said Wednesday that three bandits were foiled when their attempt to pry open a stolen cash box ran up against a new security system that slathered the bills with glue.Baffour Amponsah, 25, Brian Ocaya, 28, and Daniel Collins, also 28, were part of a gang that ambushed a cash delivery man working for security company G4S in south London on Jan. 16, 2011. The group stole his cash box but ran into trouble when they retreated to a parking lot to try to open it. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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German court hears arguments against euro pacts

first_img Top Stories The Federal Constitutional Court has typically been willing to approval measures deepening Germany’s integration into the European Union, but has in the past imposed additional requirements to consult with Parliament on bailout measures.But even if it does decide in favor of the measures, Schaeuble warned that if the case drags out it could delay the implementation of the new European Stability Mechanism bailout fund and cause widespread difficulties.“A significant postponement of the setup of the ESM, which was foreseen for July, could mean a serious unsettling of markets far beyond Germany and a serious loss of confidence in the eurozone,” he said. “Doubts about … the willingness of Germany to fend off the dangers to the financial stability of the eurozone could lead to a significant worsening of the current crisis symptoms.”Under the treaties, Germany would join the ESM, a (EURO)500 billion ($614.65 billion) bailout fund for troubled eurozone countries backed by taxpayers’ money. It would also adopt the new EU fiscal compact, a cherished project of Merkel’s, under which 25 countries agree to write strict debt limits into national laws. Sponsored Stories Schaeuble said after the hearing ended that opponents and supporters had an “intensive debate,” and he was optimistic the treaties would pass muster “because the government is sure that the treaties do not violate the constitution.” No date was set for a decision.He added that there was “a high degree of nervousness” in financial markets and “the constitutional court knows that.”Germany is not the only country that has yet to approve the ESM treaty, but it does not require unanimity. The fund will become operational as soon as member countries representing 90 percent of the fund’s capital commitments have ratified it. Germany is the largest contributor, at 27 percent of the total, so the fund cannot become operational without German ratification.The fiscal compact is due to into force on Jan. 1, 2013, if it has been ratified by at least 12 countries that use the euro by that time.German Parliament endorsed the treaties June 29 with a solid majority of more than two-thirds, but President Joachim Gauck held off signing them into law after complaints were filed with the Federal Constitutional Court.Opponents of the pacts argue that joining the bailout fund and debt pact would impose limits on the German Parliament’s constitutional power to say how taxpayer money is spent. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 5 treatments for adult scoliosis More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements They’re asking the court to issue a temporary order blocking Gauck from signing while it fully considers the case. Court officials say a decision on the temporary order alone could take several weeks.Presiding Judge Andreas Vosskuhle said in his opening statement that coming to a decision is “in many respects not easy” and that the court will need to keep in mind Parliament’s broad leeway for discretion, especially for measures passed with a two-thirds majority, as it considers the constitutional argument.Plaintiffs include the hard-left opposition Left Party _ the only party to oppose the plans in Parliament _ and Peter Gauweiler, one of a few lawmakers in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right coalition who has consistently rejected bailouts.The Left Party argues that the debt treaty potentially binds the government to austerity imposed by the European Commission that would cut funding for social programs.Gauweiler’s attorney, Dietrich Murswiek, told the judges it was crucial for the court to prevent Gauck from signing the treaties before the case was heard in full.The treaties “are irrevocable, we can’t get out of them,” he said. AP Business WriterKARLSRUHE, Germany (AP) – Germany’s finance minister urged the country’s highest court Tuesday not to delay Europe’s new permanent bailout fund and budget discipline pact, warning any postponement to the country signing up to the measures could lead to market turmoil.Wolfgang Schaeuble told the panel of eight judges, hearing arguments that the two pacts would limit Germany’s power to say how its money should be spent, that the measures were “important steps toward a European stability union”. He added that Germany’s approval of them would send a “clear signal that solidity and solidarity belong together.” Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

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Protesters call for greener fairer EU farm policy

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   From the culinary Slow Food movement to the Friends of the Earth environmental group, eight major organizations set up the march to push demands to drastically revamp policy away from industrial farming.The coalition united under the slogan “EU farm policy must be fundamentally changed” regarding a new seven-year program that kicks in after 2013.Within the 27-nation EU, the protesters charge that farming is geared far too much toward big agribusiness at the exclusion of family farming. The demonstrators carried signs saying `’Size does matter” and `’No to mega sties,” in their calls for small farming initiatives.They claim that large farms and agricultural multinationals are endangering the environment with chemicals and genetically modified organisms, while also increasing pressure on food prices.`’We are going around and around, and nobody wants to take responsibility for the current situation and the misery in which the agricultural world is in,” said Erwin Schopges, chairman of the Belgian Milk Producers Association, after he had an argument over milk prices with EU Farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolos outside EU headquarters.The 50-year-old Common Agricultural Policy has been a cornerstone of EU plans and was instrumental in staving off the threat of hunger early on before it got mired in overproduction and runaway subsidies that distorted the global agricultural markets and gave rise to trans-Atlantic trade conflicts. `’How can the EU citizens continue to accept this agriculture?” said Green farmer Jose Bove, who is vice chairman of the European Parliament’s farm committee.The European Commission has made proposals to promote employment and growth in rural areas to make sure the bloc’s 16.7 million farmers can continue to keep a leading place in world farming, but Wednesday’s protesters want it geared more away from industrial farming and subsidies that help undercut global prices.`’We want fair conditions for farmers, a greener countryside and an end to policies that are harming poor people in developing countries,” said Stanka Becheva of Friends of the Earth.The EU nations are seeking to conclude their negotiations on the euro1 trillion, seven-year budget by the end of the year, but the European economic crisis has reduced the outlook for a quick compromise.The EU farm budget proposals alone stand for euro390 billion.During the negotiations of the reform, big agricultural nations such as France and Germany, which rake in much of the EU subsidies, are often opposed to groups within the European Parliament seeking urgent reform.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressBRUSSELS (AP) – Farmers and activists from all over the continent converged on European Union headquarters Wednesday to push for a food policy that is fairer to family farmers and kinder to the environment and developing nations.Behind tractors, several hundred protesters, some of whom have been cycling or walking for weeks in the Good Food March, gathered for a mass brunch outside the European Parliament in Brussels, where a reform of the costly pan-EU farm system is being discussed. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img
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Swiss lawmakers reject plan to ban burqas

first_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone But opponents said the proposal was excessive because so few women wear burqas in Switzerland.In 2009 voters in Switzerland backed a ban on the construction of new minarets. It was seen as a sign of strong anti-Islam sentiment in the country which is home to an estimated 400,000 Muslims.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day GENEVA (AP) – Swiss lawmakers have rejected a proposal to ban face-covering veils, such as the burqa worn by some Muslim women, in public spaces.Parliament in Bern on Friday narrowly voted against the proposal made by the northern canton (state) of Aargau. Swiss news agency Sipa reported 87 lawmakers voted for and 93 voted against the measure.Nationalist lawmakers had argued that the ban was necessary for public safety. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Pakistani lawmakers citizenship under scrutiny

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosterone Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Ispahani, who also holds American citizenship, called the decision to strip her of her seat earlier this year political. “Once again, unelected individuals are trying to overturn the result of elections,” she said in an email to The Associated Press. Supreme Court justices in Pakistan are appointed following vetting by multiple bodies.In recent months the court has also targeted Pakistan’s interior minister, Rehman Malik. He resigned his spot in the Senate, renounced his British citizenship and then recaptured the seat, but the court is still looking at prosecuting him on suspicion of not revealing his full status when he first won the seat.Overall, around a dozen lawmakers have been disqualified and face criminal action on charges such as giving false statements, said Syed Sher Afgan, a senior official with Pakistan’s Election Commission.At the direction of the court, the commission has sent requests seeking declarations of citizenship from more than 1,100 federal and provincial lawmakers. Election officials had hoped to get a sense later this month about how many lawmakers were ineligible, but this week it emerged that some legislative bodies asked to obtain the declarations from members are resisting the request. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The citizenship controversy echoes another recent Pakistani scandal, one involving lawmakers alleged to have faked their educational degrees to meet a requirement for office. Afgan, the election official, said more than 50 fake degree cases were pursued. It’s questionable if the notoriously slow courts will ever resolve them all. The degree requirement has since been canceled.The political maneuvering could foretell a bitter election season in Pakistan. Elections are expected at some point in the spring, though the vote may be called earlier.The ruling People’s Party is likely to lose seats, but it still could win more than any other party in parliament. Analysts expect other factions, such as the Pakistan Muslim League-N of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former cricket star Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party to do well. Sharif’s party has a strong shot at defeating the People’s Party.Political analyst Rizvi said the next government is likely to be another coalition. Depending on the number of seats each party wins, it’s possible the lead grouping will have to make even more compromises than today’s People’s Party has had to. Rizvi said the best case is that the government will be as weak as this one. Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories “The judiciary is using all possible means to stretch its power,” said Hasan Askari-Rizvi, a Pakistani political analyst. “This is going to be a serious issue, and it is quite possible that different political parties will get together to frame a law through parliament to save their skin.”Experts agree that the law forbids Pakistanis who hold other nationalities from holding elected office. Nonetheless, amid all of Pakistan’s other problems, the laws were largely ignored for years.During the 1990s and 2000s, when there was a military coup and other political turbulence, many in Pakistan’s political elite left for Britain, Australia, the United States and other countries, where some obtained citizenship. The return of civilian rule in 2008 drew many of them back to Pakistan, eager to win elected posts.The government, led by the Pakistan People’s Party of President Asif Ali Zardari, has been in a power struggle with the military ever since it took office nearly five years ago. In recent months, the Supreme Court, too, has emerged as a forceful player, using various legal tools to pursue politicians and, in some cases, the military.Among the first to be targeted on the nationality issue was Farahnaz Ispahani, a member of parliament and wife of the former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani. He resigned last year after becoming a target of the high court in a separate affair. Associated PressISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court is demanding the nation’s lawmakers disclose whether they are also citizens of other countries, a status that could cost them their seats. Already, around a dozen legislators on the federal and provincial levels have been pushed out, and that might be just the beginning.The developments suggest institutional power struggles are deepening in Pakistan ahead of an election season that some say could produce an even weaker government than the one in charge now. The dispute also adds to political instability in a nation the United States considers a crucial, though unreliable, ally in the battle against Islamist extremists as it winds down the war effort in Afghanistan. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Opinions among lawmakers are divided about the principle of letting people with other nationalities run for office, and consensus on what to do about the existing law may be tough to achieve. A government attempt to change the law to allow foreign citizenship-holders to contest office has stalled.Supporters of the court’s actions question the loyalty of Pakistanis with other passports, asking whether they can truly represent the people in this country, where the majority live in poverty and have little chance to travel abroad. Others insist that Pakistanis with foreign ties often retain strong bonds to their homeland and can offer resources and expertise the country needs.“Loyalty is a subjective thing,” said Faisal Subzwari, a top official with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, a party in the ruling coalition which supports letting Pakistanis with other nationalities run for office. “People who have been looting and plundering our resources, people who have been trying to harm the motherland _ the vast majority have not had dual nationality.”Citizenship requirements for officeholders vary widely across the world.In the United States, dual citizens have held top offices _ former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hung on to his Austrian citizenship while also being a naturalized American, for instance. But in Egypt, a presidential candidate whose late mother held U.S. citizenship was disqualified in accordance with a law that bans presidential hopefuls, their spouses and their parents from holding another nationality. “It will be either as weak, or weaker. It seems very clear it can’t be a stronger government,” he said.___Nahal Toosi can be reached at http://twitter.com/nahaltoosi.last_img read more

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Jordan says 900 US troops boost defense in country

first_img Comments   Share   Abdullah Ensour told reporters Saturday that 200 of the personnel were experts training Jordanians to handle a chemical attack. The remaining 700 are manning a Patriot missile defense system and F-16 fighter jets which Washington deployed this month in case the Syrian war worsens.“The number of U.S. forces in Jordan is small and not intended to be in preparation for a war on Syria,” Ensour said.Jordan is concerned its larger northern neighbor would use chemical weapons against Syrian refugee camps in Jordan and other neighboring countries, or that the stockpile may fall into the hands of al-Qaida or other militants if Syria’s President Bashar Assad loses control.Jordan hosts the largest number of more than a half million displaced Syrians, with an equal number sheltered in Turkey and Lebanon.Earlier this month, Washington relocated one or two patriot missile batteries to Jordan from an unspecified country in the Persian Gulf, and also deployed a squadron of 12 to 24 F-16 fighter jets.The deployment coincided with annual military exercises, dubbed Eager Lion 2013, which wrapped up earlier this week. Supervised by the U.S., the drills brought together more than 8,000 forces from 19 countries. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility AMMAN, Jordan (AP) – Some 900 U.S. military personnel, including dozens staying on from joint military drills, are in Jordan to bolster its defense and prevent the Syrian civil war from spreading across its border, Jordan’s prime minister said Saturday.It was the first time a Jordanian official disclosed publicly the numbers of U.S. troops in the Arab kingdom, sent there in recent weeks for military exercises and other deployments. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ensour said Jordan was caught between a rock and a hard place in the Syrian crisis, which began in March 2011 with peaceful protests and later plunged into civil war.“If the war continues, it’s a problem, and if it ends with the collapse of the regime, we also have a problem,” he said, adding that the fall of Assad’s regime would leave a “vacuum, whereby attacks and conflicts would persist.”“This is why we have been calling for a political solution to the Syrian crisis,” he added.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober ErrorOK ErrorOK Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The vital role family plays in society 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

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