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The Department of State Expands Regional Counterterrorism Training Center in Jordan:On March 22, 2018, the Department of State formally dedicated a new state-of-the-art U.S. regional counterterrorism training facility in Jordan with a real bang.

As U.S. and Jordanian dignitaries observed from the elevated walkways of the new facility’s “shoot house,” a flash-bang grenade exploded below with blinding light, the room filled with smoke, and a police crisis response team quickly entered, swept the room, and rescued a hostage.

The officers were demonstrating safe room entry and hostage rescue techniques they learned at the new Jordanian Gendarmerie Training Academy, the latest addition to the State Department’s Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program in Jordan.

The ATA program receives funding and policy guidance from the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and is administered by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and its Diplomatic Security Service.

The newly opened Jordan Gendarmerie Training Academy (JGTA), was funded, constructed, and equipped by the ATA program.  It resides 40 miles south of Amman and is able to host multiple hard skills trainings simultaneously.  The facility includes a state-of-the-art shoot house, three multi-purpose firing ranges, a simulated urban environment, and upgraded student barracks, among other improvements.

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The Department of State Expands Regional Counterterrorism Training Center in Jordan:On March 22, 2018, the Department of State formally dedicated a new state-of-the-art U.S. regional counterterrorism training facility in Jordan with a real bang.

As U.S. and Jordanian dignitaries observed from the elevated walkways of the new facility’s “shoot house,” a flash-bang grenade exploded below with blinding light, the room filled with smoke, and a police crisis response team quickly entered, swept the room, and rescued a hostage.

The officers were demonstrating safe room entry and hostage rescue techniques they learned at the new Jordanian Gendarmerie Training Academy, the latest addition to the State Department’s Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program in Jordan.