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Jordan gets German military vehicles for border control

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen walks past a portrait of Jordan's King Abdullah II as she heads to a ceremony handing over equipment to Jordan, at Marka airport, Amman, Jordan, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (John MacDougall/Pool Photo via AP)

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen walks past a portrait of Jordan's King Abdullah II as she heads to a ceremony handing over equipment to Jordan, at Marka airport, Amman, Jordan, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (John MacDougall/Pool Photo via AP)

AMMAN, Jordan — Germany's defence minister says her country is delivering millions of dollars' worth of equipment to Jordan's military to improve the kingdom's border surveillance.

Jordan borders Syria and Iraq, where Islamic State extremists held large areas until being pushed back in recent months by a U.S.-led military campaign. Jordan is a key ally in the battle against IS.

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen attended a handover ceremony near Jordan's capital, Amman, on Sunday.

Germany is providing two training planes and dozens of military support vehicles to Jordan, worth a total of $22 million.

Von der Leyen says the equipment is meant to "improve mobility at the border," as part of a plan to support Jordan.

She praised Jordan as an anchor of stability in a violence-wracked region.

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