In this Sunday, March 18, 2018 photo, an instructor speaks to members of a Tunisian police commando unit during a drill at the Jordan Gendarmerie Training Academy, in al-Swaqa, about 70 km south of Amman, Jordan. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
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Jordan and the United States unveiled a counterterrorism training center south of Amman Thursday aimed at boosting the capacity of local forces in a region beset by conflict.The center connected to the Jordanian Police Academy was opened in Suwaqah, 70 kilometers from the Jordanian capital.It is the second center of its kind to be launched by the U.S. and Jordan, one of the strongest allies of the United States in the Middle East.Last month, the United States pledged $1.2 billion in annual aid to Jordan from 2018 to 2022 .According to UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, about 650,000 Syrians have taken refuge in Jordan since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict in 2011 .
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