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Jordan is said to have opened two corridors of airspace to unmanned Israeli drones, allowing them to monitor the situation in Syria. The government plans to ask the UN for help in dealing with the mounting Syrian refugee crisis. Foreign Minister Judeh reiterated Jordan's call for an immediate ceasefire and peaceful transition of power in Syria.
Eleven men went on trial for plotting suicide attacks on shopping malls and the US Embassy. All are accused of being members of al Qaeda.
Islamists rallied against upcoming elections. They also demanded that King Abdullah II cede some powers and give them over to the parliament.
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.
A Jordanian court upheld the five-year-long prison sentence for Isam Mohammed Taher al Barqawi, a radical Islamist cleric, for plotting terror attacks and recruiting jihadists. Barqawi, who is also known as Sheik Abu Mohammed al Maqdisi, was Abu Musab al Zarqawi's mentor.
Jordanians demonstrated across the country, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit's government, the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament, and the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador. The Israeli embassy staff left Amman in fear the demonstration would turn violent.
The state security court is trying 150 Salafists for their role in an attack on police in Zarqa that wounded 83 officers. The Salafists called for the overthrow of the government and the establishment of an Islamic state.
The State Security Court sentenced three men who were convicted of recruiting individuals to join al Qaeda to five years in prison. The sentences were cut in half. One of the men also plotted to carry out attacks in the region.
Ayman al Balawi was among 103 Salafi Islamists rounded up by Jordanian security forces after attacks in Zarqa wounded 83 policemen. Balawi is the brother of the al Qaeda operative who detonated a suicide vest at a CIA outpost in Khost, Afghanistan in December 2009.
Thousands of Jordanians protested in Amman and called for the prime minister to step down. The Islamic Action Front, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, is backing the protests.
Security forces reportedly arrested Sheikh Abu Mohammed al Maqdisi, the cleric who was Abu Musab al Zarqawi's mentor. Two al Qaeda-linked operatives were charged in a plot to kill foreign soldiers based in Jordan.
A two-car convoy of Israeli diplomats was targeted in a roadside bomb attack near the town of Na'ur in Jordan; no Israelis were killed or wounded. Islamist leaders are pressing the government to end cooperation with the US against al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
A court sentenced 12 men to between 15 and 20 years in prison for attacking a group of Lebanese musicians and and desecrating a church. The attackers thought the singers were Israelis and also firebombed a Christian church. The men are said to have links with al Qaeda.
A court sentenced Mohammed Ahmed Youssef Al Jaghbeer to death for his involvement in the 2002 murder of USAID administrator Laurence Foley. Jaghbeer facilitated communications between al Qaeda and the terror cell in Amman that killed Foley. He was captured in Iraq and transferred back to Jordan.
Jordan sentenced 4 al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists to death. Ten others received lesser charges. Only Ziad Karbouly, the group's leader, is in custody, the rest were tried in absentia.