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Jordan says against military intervention in Syria

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Jordan said on Thursday it was against military intervention in neighboring Syria, the statement was made as more U.S. troops head to Amman.

There was also a warning by President Bashar al-Assad who stated that the Syrian crisis would engulf the Jordanian Kingdom.

“Our position on the situation in Syria has not changed,” Information Minister Mohammad Momani told AFP. “We are still against any military intervention in Syria. We urge a political solution to end the bloodshed in Syria.”

On Wednesday, Momani confirmed that they would receive 200 American troops as it struggles with an influx of Syrian refugees and tension on its border with the war-torn country.

“They will be here to bolster our training and defense capabilities in light of the deterioration in Syria,” Momani told The Associated Press.

The 200 U.S. Army planners will be dispatched to Jordan to secure the country in case of any conflict spillover from Syria.

Like Jordan, the United States did not show interest in intervening to end the two-year conflict that started as protest against President Assad but morphed into a civil war.

The conflict has killed at least 70,000 people, and forced more than one million refugees to flee their homes, according to U.N. estimates.

On Wednesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel communicated deep misgivings about direct American military intervention in the Syrian civil war during a Senate hearing.

The United States has an obligation to think through the consequences of any U.S. military move in Syria and be honest about potential long-term commitments, Hagel said.

His comments were the latest indication that, while President Barack Obama’s administration continues to plan for various scenarios in Syria, it remains wary of an intervention that could mire America in a proxy war.

Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced persistent questions on Wednesday from senior members of the Armed Services Committee about efforts to force out Syrian President Bashar Assad. The

Pentagon leaders made it clear that the situation is extremely complicated and they must be certain of the endgame before any military step to try to end the situation in Syria.

Hagel declined to discuss Syria’s possible use of chemical weapons against rebels, raising doubts over whether Washington still views such action as a “red line.”

Obama has repeatedly warned Damascus against resorting to chemical weapons, hinting that the use of such arms, or the prospect of militant groups gaining control of them, could prompt a U.S. military intervention.

When asked direct questions by senators as to whether Syria has fired chemical weapons, both Hagel and Dempsey sidestepped the sensitive issue.

They told lawmakers the U.S. intelligence chief, James Clapper, would likely address their queries behind closed doors Thursday.

“Our intelligence agencies are going into more detail on what we know and what we don’t know,” Hagel said.