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Jordan learns from ADF

By PTE John Wellfare

Jordanian Air Fore Major Riziq Al-Sharman thinks Australia and Jordan
could cooperate on defeating terrorism.

Jordanian Air Fore Major Riziq Al-Sharman thinks Australia and Jordan could cooperate on defeating terrorism.

Photo by PTE John Wellfare

THE first Jordanian officer to study at the Australian Command and Staff College will soon return to Jordan after completing a yearlong course.

Jordanian Air Force Major Riziq Al-Sharman said both Australia and Jordan could gain a lot from maintaining close ties.

“All over Jordan now the defence forces are working for the anti-terror people,” he said.

“I think that the Jordanian armed forces, with the Australian armed forces, can cooperate on this issue. It’s a global issue and in Jordan we suffered from the terror for years before 9/11 and especially from Al- Qaeda.”

MAJ Al-Sharman had been chosen by the Jordanian Armed forces out of more than a dozen offi cers who applied to study in Australia.

He had studied at Jordan’s Staff College in 2003 and noted some differences in the focus of Australian command courses.

“[In Jordan] we are just focusing in our region, sometimes we go to Europe a little bit,” he said.

“In the Australian command course they are giving the world three levels – the close region, which is the southeast area, the Pacifi c region and the global region.”

But Jordan and Australia did have a similar focus in some areas, MAJ Al Sharman said.

“The Australians have good experience working with the UN and Jordan nowadays, we are working with a minimum of 2000 [troops] every year on UN missions all over the world.” He said Jordan had also supported Iraq’s new armed forces.

Eight hundred offi cers of the new Iraqi Army had graduated from Jordan’s offi cer training school and the Jordanian Air Force had provided a reconnaissance helicopter to Iraq for border surveillance, he said.

 

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