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US House approves closer military ties with Jordan

US lawmakers on Tuesday approved legislation that would ramp up military cooperation with Jordan, including accelerated arms sales to a Middle East ally contending with growing threats from Islamist extremism. Jordan has become a focal point in the fight against the self-described Islamic State because the Hashemite kingdom borders Syria and Iraq, two nations where large swathes of land have been claimed by IS extremists. US forces are training a small group of vetted Syrian rebels in Jordan.

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