Jordan has begun pulling its troops back from the border with Syria following similar moves by Syrian forces.
GV & SV PAN Captured Iranian tanks driven from Iraq to Jordan with jubilant Iraqi troops waving posters of Iraqi and Jordanian leaders (2 shots)
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SV & CU Iraqi officials and soldiers greet King Hussein as he steps from helicopter
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Background: Jordan has begun pulling its troops back from the border with Syria following similar moves by Syrian forces. According to a Damascus government spokesman, Syria has already pulled back half of the troops and will have made a complete withdrawal by the weekend. The easing of tensions is the result of mediation efforts made by Saudi Arabia.
SYNOPSIS: A few days earlier, Jordan's King Hussein said Syria had openly threatened to invade Jordan during a meeting of Arab League Foreign Ministers held in Amman before the Arab Summit two weeks ago. He had voted that his border troops would stay until the last Syrian soldier had withdrawn to normal position.
While tension was still running high on Tuesday (9 December), Iraq, which has received strong support from Jordan in the Gulf war, presented Jordanian Special Forces with several captured Iranian tanks. The tanks were delivered to the border area with great enthusiasm.
King Hussein visited his troops and gave his personal thanks to the Iraqi soldiers and officers who drove the tanks to Jordan.
The Iranian and Jordanian armies are equipped by U.S. and British tanks, while Iraq uses Soviet equipment. The King's visit to the area fell on the same day American military supplies started arriving in Jordan. This resulted in accusations from Syria that he was reviving tension the had already begun to ease.
The border threats began, according to Syrian State Media because Jordan was providing bases for Islamic extremists accused of anti-government violence in Syria. Jordan denied the allegation. King Hussein said this week the scale of unrest in Syria indicated it was not confined to a small group of dissidents, but a broadly-based counter-revolutionary movement. And he denied that Jordan was harbouring any anti-government militants.
He gave details, for the first time, of three incidents earlier this year which soured Syria-Jordanian relations. The first was when Jordan handed over three Syrian citizens requested by the Damascus authorities for questioning over alleged subversive activities. All three were executed.
The second was when two Syrian pilots defected in a MIG-21 training plane to Jordan. The plane was returned, but the flyers were give asylum. Then a Syrian, living in Jordan for many years was shot dead in Amman by men in a Syrian Embassy car. A Syrian diplomat was expelled and the assailants executed.