THE WALL BETWEEN SYRIA AND JORDAN – SYRIA AND TURKEY
Did the United States Give Jordan $500 Million to Build a Wall on its Border with Iraq?
Jesse Marks from Inkstick
says they did. In an article dated April 5th, 2018 he states, “After a last-minute White House bid for $25 billion to fund construction on Trump’s wall, Congress’ recent Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) — otherwise known as the “Omnibus” signed into law by the President on March 23rd — aims to follow through on President Trump’s promise to find the money for a wall, just not where you might think. Instead of fully funding a border wall with Mexico, Congress green-lighted funds for sustainment of a state-of-the-art
the border security system in the Middle East.”
“Congress approved the allocation of $500 million to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to enhance border security,” he states and goes on to add, “Jordan is also eligible for additional funds from a larger pot of $1.8 billion allocated to the ‘Counter-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Train and Equip Fund,’ which provides a financial assistance
(including but not limited to logistics, training, supplies, and equipment) for Jordan and other regional allies in the war on ISIS. In total, the US has committed a five-year total of $6.3 billion in support of the Kingdom.”
“Why the influx of cash?” he asks and gives a background elaboration. “Since the rise of the ISIS in 2014, Jordan has faced an increasing tide of terrorism as a result of its participation in the US-led coalition to defeat ISIS. Following a deadly string of terrorist attacks beginning in 2015, the Department of Defense picked up the pace on the
Jordan Border Security Project, a partnership between Jordan and defense contractor Raytheon, funded by the United States. The project, currently operational on Jordan’s border with Syria and Iraq, aims to enhance Jordan’s border security and prevent infiltration across 287 miles of the border through the use of a network of observation towers, command and control centers, rapid response vehicles, ground radars, and variety of modern tech.”
The Washington Times confirms the same in an article by Jennifer Harper, in the beginning of 2019.
The Border Between Turkey And Syria
Nearly a thousand kilometers, the longest of Turkey’s land border with any country, the Syrian border is almost closed off with a wall of over 700 kilometers.
Since the Turkish Armed Forces launched Operation Peace Spring, land units entered Syrian territory by lifting segments of the wall with cranes. The wall did keep the Syrian refugee influx at bay since it was completed but didn’t prevent the incursion by Turkey.
The EU states had funded the Turkish government with security and surveillance technology of more than 80 million Euros in exchange for the protection of its borders, according to research conducted by DER SPIEGEL, and the European Investigative Collaborations network (EIC).
Now, these walls serve to keep the Syrians locked in their war-torn country. Will the walls and fences along Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq keep ISIS in, too? Or will they one day turn into remnants of an incomprehensible era in the region’s history?
The Sykes-Picot Agreement is an understanding between Great Britain and France drafted in 1916, in order to divide the Middle East after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I. It appears that these borders, “lines drawn in the sand” are no longer serving interested parties. They were, after all, also lines drawn right through towns, villages and even families.