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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.
Parliament approved a treaty with Britain to allow the extradition of persons wanted by the Jordanian government; the treaty must be signed by the king in order to take effect. The pending legislation paves the way for the extradition of extremist cleric Abu Qatada, who has been convicted by Jordan of terrorist offenses.
A military tribunal sentenced three men to prison terms of three to five years for trying to join the Al Nusrah Front, then immediately reduced the sentences by half. The previous day, the same tribunal sentenced two Jordanians to five years in prison for going to Syria for jihad.
A military tribunal sentenced nine Salafi jihadists who had been arrested while trying to travel to Syria for jihad; six were given sentences of two and a half years of hard labor, and the remaining three were sentenced in absentia to five years' hard labor. According to Jordanian Salafist leader Mohammad Shalabi, a.k.a. Abu Sayyaf, there are now more than 500 Jordanian jihadists in Syria and about 50 have died fighting there.