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US-funded counterterrorism training center opens in Jordan

AL-SWAQA, Jordan – A U.S.-funded counterterrorism center has opened in Jordan, where the law enforcement officials of the partner countries in the Middle East and beyond the practice of shooting, the storm shelters and responding to bomb threats.

The Jordan Gendarmerie Training Academy is the second such facility in the pro-Western kingdom. It was opened on Thursday.

Paul Davies, director of the State Department’s Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance, said that additional training centres be built, such as in Senegal and Kenya.

He says 21 partner countries from a pool of 56 trained so far in Jordan is the first facility.

Earlier this week, the Tunisian police practiced storming rooms in a “shoot house” in the new centre.

They threw sound grenades, set off loud explosions, as the visitors looked to the exercises of a gallery above.

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