Jordan

Jitters are prevailing in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which is on edge about the possibility of the Syrian civil war destabilizing the country, which already plays host to thousands of Syrian refugees. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad criticized Jordan this week for allegedly allowing Syrian rebels to enter Syria through its border crossing and for its failure to prevent weapons smuggling that is meant to boost the Syrian insurgency. Another report this week claims that Jordan has agreed to open its airspace to unmanned Israeli drones which will be used to monitor the Syrian conflict. Additionally, US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel announced that some two hundred soldiers will be sent to Jordan from the 1st Armored Division to assist efforts to contain violence along the Syrian border (April 17, Boston Herald; April 17, 2013 The Telegraph; April 22, 2013 France 24)