The Jordanian military is deploying reinforcements, including heavy military equipment, on the border with the Syrian province of Daraa, according to Jordanian and Syrian sources.
The photos available online show at least one M-60 battle tank moving to the border.
The deployment of additional Jordanian forces on the border comes amid the increased tensions in southern Syria. Earlier this week, the Syrian Army and its allies made a limited advances against militants northeast of the city of Daraa. A local retreat of militants triggered a deep concern in the US Department of State, which even threatened the Damascus government and Russia with “serious repercussions” of what it described as a violation of the de-escalation zone.
According to experts, the deployment of Jordanian forces on the border is pursuing two goals:
- To prevent militants from withdrawing from southern Syria to northern Jordan. Such a scenario will increase security problems in the kingdom.
- To limit a possible military operation of the Syrian Army on the border threatening it with further escalation with the US-Israeli-led bloc. A limited US force is deployed in Jordan.