Issue 180 - 28 Feb 1982
THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY KING HUSSEIN on the formation of Jordanian volunteer force to fight on the side of Iraq in the war with Iran immeasurably widens the scope of the conflict. The terms in which Baghdad welcomed the Jordanian initiative makes it plain that Iraq now feels in need of more than only financial help. The leading Iraqi newspaper AI Thawra paid tribute to the Jordanian king in "forming the nucleus of a pan-Arab force" and should "encourage other fraternal states to follow Jordan's suit".

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