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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.
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.
Jordanian authorities reportedly released convicted terrorist Mohamed al Dersi in exchange for Jordanian diplomat Fawaz Al Aytan, who was kidnapped in Libya, presumably by Ansar al Sharia. Al Dersi is said to be already in Libya, but al Aytan has not yet been freed. Authorities are trying to stem the flow of Jordanian jihadists to and from Syria, amid reports that some 2,000 Jordanians are fighting there and about 300 have returned in the past two months. "Outlaws" tossed petrol bombs in Maan, where one person was killed and five policemen were injured in clashes this week.
Four Jordanian fighter jets hit and destroyed a number of vehicles entering Jordan from Syria that were believed to be carrying Syrian rebel fighters. Syrian state media said the vehicles were not from its army.