U.S. Marines and Jordanian armed forces took part in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear warfare training Wednesday, amid recent reports that Islamic State militants used chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq.

And while none of the scenarios during this year’s Eager Lion exercise are aimed at specific groups or threats, what is happening in the region does play a role in the decision-making process for the exercise, said Maj. Gen. Ralph Groover III, U.S. Central Command director of exercises and training.

The exercise is designed to work on responses to conventional and unconventional threats, Groover said.

Wednesday’s training focused on a radiological threat, but chemical and biological threats will also be addressed throughout the exercise. […]