The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan gained independence in 1946. In 1948 Jordan declared war on the state of Israel following its declaration of independence, subsequently occupying the West Bank. Jordan fought Israel in 1967 during the Six Day War, where it lost the West Bank, and also participated in the Yom Kippur War against Israel six years later, in 1973. The country signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994. Recently, the country has faced challenges from a large influx of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria, as well as from Iraq. Jordan currently allows U.S. and European forces to train members of the Syrian opposition within its borders. Internally, since the outbreak of the Arab Spring, the government has faced opposition from Islamist forces, leading to the replacement of several prime ministers along with promises of reform.

  • Population
  • Fit for Service
  • Military EXHD
    9.5% of GDP
  • GDP
    $31.21 Billion

Suicide Attack on Jordan Army Post Near Syria Border Kills 6

A car bomb struck a Jordanian military post near the border with Syria on Tuesday, leaving six dead and 14 wounded, in the second attack on the kingdom’s security forces this month. The bomb targeted a forward military post that offers help to Syrian refugees stuck in the no-man’s land separating the countries, the army […]

Jordan Proves Heavyweight in Fight Against ISIS

Tension lingers here in downtown Irbid months after Jordanian special forces, in carefully coordinated nighttime raids, swept through the city’s Palestinian refugee camp to arrest or kill members of what authorities claim was a sleeper cell associated with Daesh, the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group, or ISIS. For nearly 12 hours last March, […]

U.S. Rocket Artillery Based in Jordan is Being Used to Strike Islamic State Targets in Syria

The Pentagon acknowledged Friday that ground-based rocket artillery fired from Jordan was used to strike targets in southern Syria last week, marking an expansion to U.S. ground operations in the war against the Islamic State. Col. Steven Warren, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in the region said that a small detachment of U.S. High Mobility Artillery […]

Jordan Military Plane Crash Kills Pilot, Trainee

A Jordanian pilot and an Iraqi trainee were killed when a light training aircraft crashed during a routine military excercise on Monday, the Jordanian army said. A T67 “Firefly aircraft crashed Monday morning, killing a Jordanian lieutenant colonel and his Iraqi trainee, during a routine training excercise” said Colonel Mamdouh al-Amiri, spokesman for the Jordanian […]

ISIS Enters Palestinian Camp in Damascus; Jordan Closes Border

Islamic State militants infiltrated a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus on Wednesday and were clashing with a Palestinian group, the deepest foray yet by the extremist group into the Syrian capital, seat of President Bashar Assad’s power, according to opposition activists and Palestinian officials. Jordan, meanwhile, closed its only functioning border crossing with Syria, following […]

Saudi Arabia, Allies Launch Air Strikes in Yemen Against Houthi Fighters

Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on Thursday, officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the U.S.-backed Yemeni president had taken refuge. Gulf broadcaster al-Arabiya TV reported that the kingdom was contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to […]

Jordan Launches New Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq

Dozens of Jordanian fighter jets bombed Islamic State training centers and weapons storage sites Thursday, intensifying attacks after the militants burned to death a captured Jordanian pilot. As part of the new campaign, Jordan is also attacking targets in Iraq, said Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh. Up to now, Jordan had struck IS targets in Syria, […]

Islamic State Assaults Iraqi Border Post Near Jordan

The Islamic State has released photos showing its forces attacking Iraq’s Arkaban border post near Jordan. The photos were produced by the Islamic State’s Wilayat (Province) Anbar and disseminated by its supporters online. The pictures show fighters firing on the border post with rocket propelled grenades, small arms, and with technicals (pickup trucks armed with […]

Jordan Stops Bombing ISIS After Jet Goes Down In Syria

The Islamic State has released what it claims is an interview with the Jordanian pilot whose F-16 went down near Roqqa, Syria last week. Jordan is part of the U.S.-led coalition that is staging airstrikes against that group. It’s also known as ISIS and ISIL. First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh was taken prisoner. And, in its […]

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Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 805* (200)

Aircraft 223 (41)

Artillery 677 (12)

Ground Vehicles 3,273 (1,021*)

Guided Munitions 4,013* (200*)

Personnel 165,500 (0)

Ships 8 (2)