The quoted officials said that an invasion could not be launched from Jordan and no US troops would be formally deployed, but that otherwise the kingdom would be co-operative. ‘Definitely, we will be helpful,’ the official said. ‘But we cannot, say, bring 10,000 troops and march from Jordan to Iraq. That would be disastrous and the Americans appreciate this.’ Head of US Central Command, General Tommy Franks, met last week with King Abdullah and Jordanian Chief of Staff, General Khaled Sarayrah. Jordan is seeking Patriot air defence batteries from the US, which would require hundreds of US troops in the country to run them: the US believes that eight of the 39 scud missiles Saddam Hussein fired at Israel during the previous conflict actually landed in remore parts of Jordan.