1. STRATEGIC

    Report: U.S. Military Sent to Jordan

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    The U.S. has secretly sent military advisers to Jordan to help the armed forces with the flood of refugees that have come over the Syrian border, officials told The New York Times on Wednesday. The task force, comprised of about 150 planners and other specialists, will also draw up plans to protect Jordan, a key ally in the region as the Syrian civil war has spilled over into Turkey. Turkey’s chief of staff said Wednesday that they will use “greater force” if shelling continues along the Syrian border. Meanwhile, opposition fighters in Syria claimed on Wednesday to have gained control of Maarat al-Numan, a strategic town in Idlib province.

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