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YNET: Israeli Cobras gifted to Jordan for 'border security'
US source says about 16 decommissioned attack helicopters given to Jordan last year to fend off potential attacks from ISIS.
Israel has given retired US-supplied Cobra combat helicopters to Jordan to help the Hashemite kingdom fend off insurgent threats on the Syrian and Iraqi borders, a US official with knowledge of the deal said.
The handover, initiated last year, was approved by Washington, which provided mechanical overhauls for the aircraft before they were incorporated free of charge in Jordan's existing Cobra fleet, the official said.
"These choppers are for border security," the official, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, told Reuters.
Asked how many Cobras were transferred, the official said: "Around 16, though some may have been used by the Jordanians for spare parts" rather than kept intact.
Jordanian and Israeli officials declined comment, as did the Pentagon.
Israel and Jordan, as well as Saudi Arabia and Iraq, this week hosted US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who offered reassurances about the regional fight against Islamic State and the July 14 international deal curbing Iran's nuclear program. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
And with U. S. approval to boot! How gracious of them!
And what business is it of theirs anyway? So, they overhauled them. So what?
Oh, yeah, and the U. S. has provided us with "reassurances?" Yeah, right! Those are worth absolutely nothing!
|Israeli AH-1F Cobras flying over Masada.|
Anyway, how much do you wanna bet that these helicopters, gifted to Jordan, will just be used against us, here in Israel?
Either they will be taken be ISIS, when Jordan falls. Or Jordan itself will use them against us, with or without an Islamist takeover first.
Seriously, I think our co-dependence on other nations is more of our enemies than other nations themselves.
We are making it just way too easy for them to destroy us.