Results tagged “Jordan”
Would you like to limit the tag results display to a specific section?
If you do, then pick any of the sections below:
Or simply go to the aggregated tag results from:
Authorities have arrested 100 Islamic State members suspected of plotting attacks on "critical facilities," and security is being stepped up along the border with Syria. Abdul Shehadeh Tahawi, the leader of Jordan's Salafi jihadists who is currently imprisoned in Zarqa, called the international coalition against the Islamic State a "satanic" invasion against Muslim "civilians, women and children and the elderly."
Jordan, along with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, joined in US-led airstrikes on the Islamic State in northern Syria. The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood condemned Jordan's participation in the fight against the Islamic State. The Secretary General of the Arab Federation for Combating Counterfeiting and Forgery warned that Islamic State members have acquired forged passports from multiple nations so as to facilitate their movements across national borders; he also said the terrorist group is planning to flood Iraq with counterfeit money.
Security forces have arrested a number of suspected Islamic State members who are thought to have been planning terrorist attacks in Jordan; they have admitted to links with IS commanders in Syria. So far 11 of the suspects have been charged, and investigations are ongoing. Senior Muslim Brotherhood official Mohamed Saeed Bakri was arrested last week.
SWAT teams raided a house in Jabal Jofeh in east Amman, arresting six Salafists suspected of recruiting and fundraising for the Islamic State ; they had been under surveillance for a month. Over the past two months, 80 suspected IS members have been arrested in Jordan. Mohammad Shalabi a.k.a. Abu Sayyaf, leader of Jordan's Salafists, claimed: "If the Islamic State is active in Jordan, it is without our knowledge."
A judge has postponed sentencing in the terrorism trial of al Qaeda-linked cleric Abu Qatada a.k.a. Omar Mahmoud Othman until Sept. 24. Qatada has continued to denounce the Islamic State, saying its caliphate is a "bubble that will soon burst." A government spokesman recently claimed that Jordan's borders are secured from terrorists and smuggling, and dismissed rumors that oil from Islamic State-controlled wells in Syria has been smuggled into Jordan.
The Parliament has amended the Constitution to allow the monarchy to appoint the top military and intelligence officials. Jordan has agreed to shelter about 1,000 Iraqi Christian refugees for one year until they are resettled to Western countries; their transport and sustenance is being paid for by a Catholic NGO.
Militant Salafist leader Mohammad Shalabi, who has urged Islamists to fight in Syria and indicated his support for the Islamic State as well as other groups, said his followers will not take action in Jordan unless "we felt ... that injustice is going to befall us or that the circle of injustice is expanding." A security official said Jordan could have "hundreds if not thousands" of potential Islamic State sympathizers. The head of the Jordanian Army met on Aug. 27 with the head of US Central Command to discuss enhanced cooperation between their forces. On Aug. 24, Jordanian troops killed two gunmen and injured another as their camouflaged vehicle was attempting to cross into Jordan from Syria; four other passengers were arrested and seven machine guns were seized. As part of new antiterrorism measures, Jordan has begun stricter monitoring of the buying and selling of gold. The UN said that of the 3 million people who have fled the fighting in Syria, 613,252 have gone to Jordan.
Jordanian authorities arrested over 40 people suspected of membership in the Islamic State or the Al Nusrah Front, as "precautionary measures" to deter others from joining the terrorist groups. A lawyer for Jordan's Salafist movement said that over the past week 46 members of the movement had been arrested for pledging alliegiance to the Islamic State, and added: "The division between ISIS and the Al Nusrah Front in Syria has had a negative effect on the Salafist Movement in Jordan, although many of its leading figures supported ISIS." Prosecutors recently charged eight men with recruiting for Hezbollah and planning attacks on US soldiers in 2006 and the Israeli Embassy in Amman.