Jordan began training Palestinian Authority troops. The training, launched Jan. 24 and reported in the Jordanian media the next day, culminates a yearlong effort led and funded in part by the United States to train troops loyal to moderate Palestinian leaders. The Jordan Times reported that the training of the 700 troops would be “restricted to typical police work, such as crime fighting and VIP protection.” The program is set to graduate 2,000 recruits by the end of this year. Ultimately the aim is for a 50,000-troop force in the West Bank.
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