Jordan gets US Black Hawk helicopters to bolster defences

By REUTERS
March 3, 2016 18:52

 
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AMMAN - The United States delivered eight Black Hawk helicopters to Jordan on Thursday to help its regional ally defend itself against the threat of Islamic State militants, Jordanian and US officials said.

They said another eight Black Hawks would begin arriving next year under a military aid deal worth about $200 million.

The helicopters are central to a US-funded "Quick Reaction Force" set up by Jordan to counter Islamic State, which controls large swathes of territory in neighboring Iraq and Syria.

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