Morocco Participates in US-Sponsored Exercise Eager Lion in Jordan

Morocco is participating, alongside the United States, Jordan and other partner countries, in the two-week Eager Lion exercise which began this Sunday in Jordan.

Eager Lion, to be held September 4-15, 2022, represents one of the largest military exercises in the region and is designed to exchange military skills and improve interoperability between partner nations, including countermeasures operations. terrorism and threats of weapons of mass destruction.

The Jordanian army said in a statement that this tenth session of the exercises organized on the territory of the Kingdom from September 4 to 15, aims to “work jointly in the field of the fight against terrorism, the development of security capabilities and cooperation between agencies and institutions of different countries to respond to security threats and internal crises”.

“Eager Lion is a multi-faceted event that demonstrates our commitment to partnerships and responsive joint forces operating in complex environments that offer no easy wins or quick wins,” said Maj. Gen. Steven J. of Milliano, director of the Directorate of Exercises and Training, United States Central Command. “More broadly, partnerships allow militaries to develop their capabilities and respond quickly to demanding crisis situations. »

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The exercise underscores U.S. commitment to partners in the Middle East and joint defense against hybrid threats from state and non-state actors. As we face increasing aggressive actions from malevolent forces around the world, these partnerships enable us to confront new and continuing threats together, U.S. Central Command said in a press release.

This 10th iteration of Eager Lion will feature a long-range bomber mission, fictional adversary cyber threats, interagency communication and coordination, counter-terrorism skills development, integrated air defense synchronization and missile defense, improving skills in maritime and border security, disaster response and humanitarian assistance, the press release added.

This year’s scenario will test interoperability by addressing regional challenges in the air, land, sea and cyber domains. The exercise concept will consist of a field training exercise with a combined arms live fire exercise, a command post exercise and a high-level seminar to facilitate information sharing from the tactical level to the strategic level.

About 1,700 U.S. military personnel, 2,200 Jordanian Armed Forces personnel and 591 coalition personnel from 28 other partner nations are participating or observing the multilateral military training exercise, which was scheduled for 2021 but postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID 19, Central Command said.

Besides Morocco and Jordan, other Arab countries participating in the military exercises include Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.

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