The transnational side of the Syrian civil war continues to grow out in numerous directions. As the flow of arms, money, fighters, and refugees continues to cross borders, the conflict increasingly impacts “the neighborhood.” Much has been written on the various cross-border dimensions of the war, and it is further complicating an already complex picture. The risks associated with the spillover may begin to change the relationships between antagonist parties and induce some levels of cooperation, particularly on basic security matters. The following on recent developments related to Jordan’s considerations of its northern border next to Daraa via al-monitor.
The southern Syrian governorate of Daraa has become a security issue for Jordan as much as it is an existential challenge to the Damascus regime. In recent weeks, anti-Syrian regime rebels have tightened their grip over most of its territory. Recently, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a visiting Jordanian delegation, “Daraa has become a Jordanian problem.”
In response, Jordan government spokesman Mohammad Moumani told a local newspaper that Amman viewed Assad’s comments positively and, “Daraa was a Jordanian–Syrian problem.”