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Abu Muhammad al-Tahawi, an al Qaeda-linked Jordanian Salafist cleric, said Jordanian Salafists had planned an attack in Israel and were getting closer to fighting in Israel "via Jordan, Syria and Lebanon." The Jordanian Salafist movement has sent 250 fighters to Syria, and some are leaders in Damascus, Aleppo, Deraa, and Idlib.
Security forces detained 11 militants linked to a suspected al Qaeda plot against Western and commercial targets in Amman that included assassinating diplomats and bombing embassies and shopping centers. The terrorist cell planned to use weapons and explosives smuggled in from Syria, and had prepared explosives "aimed at inflicting the heaviest human losses possible."
More than 100 US troops have been deployed to Jordan to provide aid in securing the border as well as humanitarian support for Syrian refugees. Additionally, US and Jordanian forces are monitoring Syria's chemical and biological weapons stocks.
King Abdullah II dissolved Jordan's parliament, paving the way for elections. The Islamist opposition Muslim Brotherhood staged protests, saying they would boycott the elections. However, only 7,000 of an expected 50,000 protesters showed.