Jordan Hosts 'Eager Lion' Military Exercise with 33 Countries

Jordan launches Eager Lion 2024, a two-week multinational military exercise involving 33 countries, focusing on anti-terrorism and air defense training. The exercise aims to enhance cooperation and readiness among participating forces in addressing emerging regional threats and challenges.

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Jordan Hosts 'Eager Lion' Military Exercise with 33 Countries

Jordan Hosts 'Eager Lion' Military Exercise with 33 Countries

Jordan has launched the 'Eager Lion 2024' military exercise, a two-week multinational drill involving 33 countries, including the United States, France, and Britain. The exercise, which runs from May 12 to 23, aims to raise preparedness for emerging cross-border threats, focusing on anti-terrorism and air defense training.

Why this matters: The Eager Lion exercise demonstrates the growing need for international cooperation in addressing regional security threats, highlighting the importance of collective defense and cooperation in the face of emerging challenges. As the exercise brings together a large number of countries, it also underscores the significance of building strong alliances and partnerships in maintaining regional stability.

The key objectives of Eager Lion include establishing a common understanding among participating countries about emerging threats, such as terrorist organizations, drone proliferation, and weapons of mass destruction. The exercise seeks to find the best ways to confront these threats by raising combat readiness and enhancing response capabilities. Participants will also work on synchronizing forces in planning, targeting, and managing military operations, as well as logistics support and response to natural disasters and pandemics.

Colonel Mustafa Abdul Haleem Al-Hayari, Director of the Military Media Directorate, emphasized the significance of the exercise, stating, "The exercise was designed to find the best ways and means to confront these threats, such as raising the combat readiness of the Jordanian Armed Forces and other armies participating in this exercise, as well as enhancing the response capabilities of other institutions, intelligence agencies, media, and information."

The Saudi Armed Forces are among the participants in the drill, along with various governmental and non-governmental institutions at the national level, such as ministries, security agencies, and humanitarian organizations. Maj. Gen. Adel Al-Balawi, Head of the Saudi Armed Forces Education and Training Authority, stated, "The participants will be trained to implement counter-terrorism and maritime security operations to overcome regional threats."

The initial planning session for Eager Lion took place in Amman, Jordan, in July 2023, with representatives from participating countries. Brig. Gen. Hassan Khaldi, Director of Military Training, urged participants to "stick to creative and constructive thinking and flexible planning in order to achieve the objectives set for the drill."

The Eager Lion exercise will cover all regions of northern, central, and southern Jordan, involving the participation of land, sea, and air forces from all participating countries. The exercise aims to exchange expertise on implementing joint operations and missile air defense operations, with a focus on anti-terrorism and maritime security training.

With 33 countries participating, Eager Lion 2024 stands as one of the largest and most significant military exercises in the Middle East region. As the exercise unfolds over the next two weeks, it will provide a platform for enhancing cooperation, coordination, and readiness among the participating forces in the face of emerging regional threats and challenges.

Key Takeaways

  • Jordan launches Eager Lion 2024, a 2-week multinational military exercise with 33 countries.
  • Exercise aims to raise preparedness for emerging cross-border threats, focusing on anti-terrorism and air defense.
  • Participating countries will work on synchronizing forces, logistics, and response to natural disasters and pandemics.
  • Saudi Armed Forces and other institutions are among the participants in the drill.
  • Eager Lion 2024 is one of the largest military exercises in the Middle East, promoting cooperation and readiness.