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Iraq asked Jordan to support the Maliki government's fight against Sunni insurgents; Jordan expressed concern but said it does not interfere in Iraq's affairs. Al Qaeda-linked cleric Abu Qatada was acquitted of a charge of conspiracy to commit terrorism; he faces another trial in September for allegedly planning terrorist acts in Jordan in 2000. The UK said Qatada, who was deported in 2013, is barred from returning to Britain. While in prison, Qatada managed to issue statements on the feud between the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. Abu Sayyaf a.k.a. Mohammad Al Shalabi, the main spokesman for al Qaeda's branch in Jordan, has said his group has nearly 2,000 jihadists in Syria; he also claims to lead some 5,000 Salafi jihadist followers in Jordan. Another Jordanian Islamist leader, Saad al Huneiti, has been in Syria trying to broker a truce between ISIS and Al Nusrah.
Concerned about events in Iraq, Jordan has reportedly deployed some 40,000 troops along its eastern and northeastern borders with Iraq and Syria to prevent ISIS and Al Nusrah Front fighters from entering Jordan. The State Security Court charged the owner and 13 journalists of the Amman-based Iraqi satellite TV station Al-Abasiya with inciting terrorism.
Authorities dismissed a Free Syrian Army claim that Jordanian soldiers killed a child in an exchange of fire with the FSA. About 2,000 Al Nusrah Front fighters are said to be active in southern Syria near the Golan Heights and Jordan's northern border, where they operate checkpoints across the Hauran plain. The government said it will continue to prohibit Syrians without valid residency permits on board flights to Jordan unless their tickets show they are merely transiting through Jordan. Members of a liberal dissenting faction of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood met near Irbid to discuss possible reforms.
The organizers of the 20-nation "Eager Lion 2014" military exercise, which is currently underway, said that no Israeli troops are involved and no chemical weapons are being used in the training. About 7,500 US troops are currently in Jordan, of whom 6,000 are engaged in Eager Lion. After several US government personnel were chased by assailants on May 20 in Mafraq governornate near the Iraq border, the US Embassy warned American citizens to avoid the area.