Issue 108 - 24 Oct 1983
AN INTRIGUING NEW ELEMENT has been introduced into the general situation in the Gulf, with reports of US moves to set up a Jordanian " army strike force for use in emergencies in the region. Congressional and Administration sources in Washington have confirmed the Administration's request to Congress for $225m of funds to enable two Jordanian army brigades to be equipped for a 'rapid deployment force' role. Under the plan, the United States would supply C-130 transport aircraft, medical evacuation transports and advanced infantry and river-crossing equipment.

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