A message to Assad? 19 countries hold war games miles from Syrian border

A military exercise involving more than 11,000 troops from 19 countries is under way in Jordan, reportedly just miles from Syria’s border.

Dubbed Eager Lion 2012, the operation is “very significant,” a source close to the Jordanian government told NBC News, adding it was the first of its kind in 15 years “in terms of size and importance.”

The source and an analyst both said the war games should be seen as a message to neighboring Syria’s rulers.

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About fbrinleybruton

F. Brinley Bruton has been a journalist for 15, and worked in Kabul, Mexico City, Philadelphia, and New York City. Now based in London, she is a editor, producer and senior writer at NBCNews.com, a leader in breaking news and original journalism online that gets over a billion page views a month. Before joining MSNBC.com -- which became NBCNews.com in 2012 -- Brinley wrote about security, business and finance, international development and women’s issues. She has worked at Reuters in London and New York, and her pieces have appeared in the New Statesman, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Long Island Newsday, The Star-Ledger, and Arabies Trends, among others. She also wrote and blogged for AlertNet, Reuters’ humanitarian news website.
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