- The Washington Times - Friday, January 31, 2003

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Jordan has deployed U.S. Patriot missile batteries on its borders with Saudi Arabia, Syria and Israel amid fears of a U.S. war on Iraq, Lebanon's An Nahar newspaper reported Friday.

An Nahar quoted a Western diplomatic source as saying a number of Patriot missiles were deployed inside the Jordanian territories close to the border with Saudi Arabia.

The source said a number of other such batteries were also installed near the border al-Karama passageway in a desert area facing the Syrian border. More missiles were set up in al Aqaba region on al Sharat Mountains, close to the Israeli southern frontiers.

The source refused to disclose the number of the Patriot batteries and when they were installed. He, however, said the missiles were in addition to three Patriot batteries to be sent to Jordan and deployed in Amman and the country's northern region.

He said the F-16s, which were delivered by the United States to Jordan Wednesday, were moved to the southern al Aqaba region.

Jordan opposes a U.S. war on Iraq and says won't allow the United States to use its territories as a launching pad to attack Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

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