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Prime Minister Ensour said Jordan would take no part in a military intervention in Syria, and that Jordan supports a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict. He stated that Jordan's cooperation with the US has been limited to training Jordanian troops to confront operations that may involve chemical weapons. The terrorism trial of al Qaeda-linked cleric Abu Qatada begins next week.
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.