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Jordan hosts war games for troops from 18 countries

A member of the special operations forces takes part in the 2014 'Eager Lion' exercise in the Gulf of Aqaba, 330 km south of Amman, on June 5, 2014Thousands of soldiers from 18 countries took part Tuesday in military drills in Jordan jointly overseen by the US army, officials said. Around 10,000 troops are participating in Jordan’s fifth “Eager Lion” annual war games, which will last for two weeks. The aerial, ground and naval exercises come as a US-led coalition battles the Islamic State (IS) group in neighbouring Iraq and Syria. As well as troops from the US and Jordan, military contingents from several nearby Arab states and troops from France, Italy and Pakistan will take part in drills in the Jordanian desert.

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