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    JORDAN TRIES TO KEEP A VERY BIG SECRET Sarah Smiles, Sydney Morning Herald, 1/4/03 http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/01/03/1041566229790.html Jordan s King
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 5, 2003
      JORDAN TRIES TO KEEP A VERY BIG SECRET
      Sarah Smiles, Sydney Morning Herald, 1/4/03
      http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/01/03/1041566229790.html

      Jordan's King Abdullah II has gone to great lengths to save face
      with Iraq, denying a US presence in Jordan and publicly refusing the
      US access to military bases. Jordanians living in the dusty truck-
      stop towns alongside the highway to Baghdad reflect their king's
      predicament - most locals refuse to discuss the military build-up
      around their towns.

      "We're not allowed to admit the Americans are here. It will get us
      into big trouble. It's a secret to Iraq, so you can't talk about
      it," says Khalid, 30, from the town of Al-Azraq, 250 kilometres from
      the Iraqi border, and home to Muafaq al-Salti airbaseĀ…

      As one of the key US regional allies, Jordan has been forced into an
      uncomfortable position and stands to lose millions of dollars in
      trade with Iraq, absorbing another potentially destabilising wave of
      refugees.

      "The Jordanian Government is horrified about the likely fallout of
      an invasion of Iraq and has told the US so publicly," Professor
      Sadowski says.

      "Privately the US has been trying to assure King Abdullah that they
      will make sure he is protected, including compensation for the lack
      of oil and trade with Baghdad."

      Professor Sadowski says Jordan has also asked the US to make Israel
      promise not to expel or "transfer" the West Bank Palestinians into
      Jordan during a possible war. The Government is worried the Israeli
      Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, will use a US attack to deport a
      majority of the 1.8 million Palestinians in the occupied
      territories, making Jordan their substitute homeland.

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