Jordan troops clash with militants on Syria border

The Jordanian border guards reportedly engaged in an exchange of fire with identified gunmen across the border.

Jordan troops clash with militants on Syria border

World Bulletin / News Desk

Clashes erupted in the early hours of Wednesday between Jordanian troops and identified gunmen across the kingdom's border with Syria, a security source said.

"The Jordanian border guards engaged in an exchange of fire with identified gunmen across the border, but no injuries were reported," the source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Anadolu Agency.

The source said that the militants might have tried to infiltrate the border before being repelled by the Jordanian border guards.

However, sources with opposition groups in Syria said that the Jordanian forces fired at specific targets in the border town of Zayzun. Yet, they did not give further details.

The confrontation came hours after Jordan confirmed the participation of its warplanes in a U.S.-led air offensive against the militant ISIL in Syria.

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said on Tuesday that the U.S. and partner nations had carried out airstrikes against the militant group in Syria.

He added that the U.S. and allied forces were using a combination of fighter and bomber aircraft – in addition to Tomahawk cruise missiles – to attack ISIL targets.

Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama authorized the U.S. military to strike ISIL targets in Syria as part of a larger strategy to combat the militants.

Under a new strategy unveiled by Obama earlier this month, the U.S. plans to lead an international coalition against the militant group throughout Iraq and Syria.

Obama has asserted, however, that U.S. combat troops would not be deployed in Iraq to fight the group.

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