The U.S. has reached an agreement with Jordan to train Iraqi warfighters in that country in an effort to help combat terrorist groups connected to the al-Qaida network, Agence France-Presse reported Sunday.
Information Minister Mohammed Momani told the government newspaper Al-Rai the training program is part of the alliance between Jordan, Iraq and the U.S. to counter terrorism in the region, according to the report.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki recently asked the U.S. government to aid in building up the Iraqi army, the article says.
“Jordan welcomes positively the US request to train Iraqi forces on its territory,” Momani told AFP.
The Defense Department said the U.S. government is set to send M-16 and M-4 assault rifles and ammunition to Iraq, AFP reports.