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Information Minister Momani said that "Jordan will not be a launching pad for any military action against Syria," and called for a consolidated effort by the international community to find a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis. The Islamic Action Front, the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm in Jordan, denounced US plans for a military intervention in Syria. The head of Jordan's Salafi jihadists also criticized the plans, and vowed resistance from Islamist groups to any attempt at interference in Syria. More than 1,000 Jordanians are believed to be fighting with Islamist groups in Syria, with about 80 percent of them in the Al Nusrah Front, an al Qaeda affiliate.
Border police arrested a group of Jordanians and other Arabs who were trying to smuggle a large quantity machine guns and ammunition into Jordan from Syria. A leading Muslim Brotherhood figure plans to run for mayor in Amman despite a recent MB decision to boycott municipal elections.
Jordanian authorities denied bail to extremist cleric Abu Qatada, who was deported from the UK recently to face terror charges; no reason was given for the denial. He faces retrial after Jordan convicted him in absentia in 1999.
Officials will allow al Qaeda-linked extremist cleric Abu Qatada to preach and provide "religious guidance" to fellow inmates while in Muwaqqer prison, which offers library privileges, poetry, music, and pottery activities. Most of the prison's 1,100 inmates are serving time for Islamist terror convictions.
Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, recently deported from the UK, pled not guilty to terrorism charges and was remanded to custody for 15 days. His lawyer plans to appeal for Qatada to be released on bail. About 4,000 Syrians are said to be stranded near the Jordanian border due to heavy regime shelling in the Damascus area. Jordan has already admitted over 560,000 refugees from the Syrian conflict.
Ahmad Atallah Shbeib al-Majali, a Jordanian air force captain from Karak, deserted the military and joined the Al Nusrah Front in Syria over the weekend. A Salafist leader alleged that eight people from the Karak area are fighting with Al Nusrah; Jordanian Salafists claim that over 500 Jordanian jihadists have gone to Syria.
King Abdullah II endorsed a treaty between Jordan and the UK that will allow for the deportation of extremist cleric Abu Qatada to face terrorism charges in Jordan. The Jordanian military said a group of "infiltrators" from Syria attacked a Jordanian border post yesterday; during the clash, one infiltrator was killed, and two others were wounded and taken to a hospital.