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Iraqi militants seize 2 more border crossings




Jihadists celebrate release of influential ideologue from Jordanian prison

The jihadist ideologue known as Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi has been released from a Jordanian prison. Officials in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, and other jihadists are celebrating Maqdisi's release.


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.




With ISIS advancements, nearby Jordan must be concerned, analysts say




Analysis: Blowback from the Syrian jihad has begun

In well over a dozen countries, evidence has emerged that jihadists who trained or fought in Syria are engaging in terrorist activities in their home countries and elsewhere.


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.




ISIS again touts French and other foreign suicide bombers




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.




Jailed jihadist ideologue says the ISIS is a 'deviant organization'

The Al Nusrah Front is promoting a new statement purportedly written by Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi, who denounces the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS). Despite being jailed in Jordan, Maqdisi claims to have taken part in the efforts to end the jihadist infighting in Syria. Maqdisi also says he informed al Qaeda head Ayman al Zawahiri of his role.


Obama Close to Authorizing Military Training of Syrian Rebels




Islamic extremism on rise in Jordan




After Homs, southern front likely next test for rebels




Yemen FM: War against al Qaeda will take years




Red Cross Says Far More Funds Needed for Syria




Belgium, Allies Try to Halt Flow of Young Islamist Fighters to Syria




CIA's resolve to track weapons complicates push to arm Syria rebels




Jordan opens new Syrian refugee camp




The state security court sentenced 10 "jihadists" to jail terms of two-and-a-half years each for trying to enter Syria to join radical groups such as the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. Security forces arrested 158 suspects in Maan after the shooting of five gendarmes there last week.




Security forces are looking for 19 suspects in Maan, where clashes with security forces have been ongoing since a man was killed during an attack on police last week. Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood dismissed three of its members for taking part in the national "Zamzam" initiative, which seeks to promote national unity through dialogue.




Jordan: Syrian women in distress