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Jordan's Bedouin 'desert forces'
Bedouins patrolling through harsh terrain have been key to country's security for decades.
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2010 17:49 GMT

 

Throughout Jordan's harshest deserts, Bedouin security forces working for the government have been a key part to the country's security for decades.

The so-called "desert forces" patrol about 82 per cent of Jordan's land to guard against cross-border infiltration, weapon and drug smugglers.

Riding on camels in extreme weather conditions, the nomads have a rare capability and familiarity to manoeuvre through the rugged and rough terrain.

Nisreen El-Shamayleh reports from Wadi Rum in southern Jordan, where she followed a group of the desert forces on patrol.

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Al Jazeera
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