China is offering to sell Jordan missile-firing drones to fight the Islamic State terror army, according to a U.S. congressman.
“I am now aware that China is presently in Jordan to discuss operations, logistics and maintenance associated with the urgent sale of weaponized unmanned systems,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, said in a letter on Thursday to President Obama.
Rep. Hunter has pressed the Obama administration — to no avail — to approve the sale of Predator unmanned surveillance aircraft to the kingdom.
The congressman raised the prospect of key ally Jordan, and its ruler, King Abdullah II, turning away from the U.S. and toward China for a key piece of military equipment.
Jordan has asked to purchase unarmed MQ-1 Predators to find Islamic State targets and monitors its movements in neighboring Iraq and Syria.
Jordan is an important coalition member in the war against the Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS), flying U.S. F-16 fighters in coordination with American warplanes.
Source: Washington Times