The Star Tribune reported that the United States sent troops to Jordan to aid in defense in case the violence with its neighbor, Syria, escalates, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.
The Star Tribune reported that the defense secretary is concerned about chemical weapons in Syria. Troops are in Jordan to help deal with Syrian refugees and keep a close eye on these weapons.
The New York Times reported that there is concern that violence will spread throughout the region, with border issues involving Iraq and Turkey.
The New York Times also reported that Americans have been in Jordan since the summer, training and preparing Syrians for the turmoil. "We have been working closely with our Jordanian partners on a variety of issues related to Syria for some time now," said George Little, Pentagon press secretary.