200 US troops ordered to Jordan by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, to 'be ready for military action'

(CNN) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering the deployment of up to 200 U.S. troops to Jordan, two Defense Department officials told CNN on Wednesday.

The move could give the U.S. military the ability to assist Jordan and "be ready for military action" in the Syrian civil war if President Obama were to order it, one of the officials said.