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U.S. service member dies in non-combat incident in Jordan

January 8, 2017 (Photo Credit: Istockphoto/Jason Lugo)
An American service member died Saturday during non-combat operations in Jordan, officials said.

The service member, whose name has not been publicly released, was killed while operating construction equipment. The service member was deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The U.S. military typically maintains about 2,000 U.S. forces on the ground in Jordan to support training with the Jordanian military and operations against the Islamic State in neighboring Iraq and Syria.

According to the Congressional Research Service, U.S. assets there include a contingent of U.S. Air Force F-16s and a Patriot missile battery near Jordan's northern border with Syria.

Just this past fall, the National Guard's 29th infantry Division headquarters, from Virginia and Maryland, assumed command of the military's joint operations center in Jordan to support Operation Inherent Resolve.
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