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Israeli security forces killed Raed Zuaiter, a Palestinian judge working in Jordan, at the Jordan river crossing into the West Bank, in an altercation. The parliament is considering a revised antiterrorism bill that makes it a crime to fight with, or seek to join, radical groups. Mohammad al-Shalabi a.k.a. Abu Sayyaf, a Jordanian Salafist leader, criticized the bill as "amending the law to classify some 2,000 young people who are fighting [in Syria] as terrorists" so they could be sent to prison. Officials began closing illegal crossing points from Deraa in Syria into al-Ramtha.
Some 120 Islamist prisoners, including extremist cleric Abu Qatada, began a hunger strike to protest conditions of their detention. Two days ago, Qatada threatened to boycott his retrial on terrorism charges. Over the past several months, Jordanian authorities have arrested scores of jihadists trying to travel to Syria.
During his retrial on terror charges, extremist cleric Abu Qatada said al Qaeda's two branches in Syria, the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, should stop infighting and offer "unequivocal submissiveness" to al Qaeda's emir. "Our brave Jihadists in Syria should unite their ranks and be obedient to Dr. Ayman to prevail in the war," he stated. Qatada also pled not guilty and castigated the judge. Shadi Al Bazayaah, a longtime Salafi jihadist, has reportedly been killed while fighting for Al Nusrah in Syria. Amman resident Mustafa Khater was sentenced to five years in prison for links to Al Nusrah. An estimated 2,000 Jordanian jihadists are said to be fighting in Syria, and about 80 percent of them are fighting alongside Al Nusrah.
Extremist cleric Abu Qatada pled not guilty to terrorism charges, and challenged the authority of the court. He was previously tried and sentenced in absentia by Jordan in 1999 and 2000, but has a right to retrial while present. After a brief hearing, the judge adjourned the trial until Dec. 24. Yesterday a court sentenced a Jordanian man to five years' hard labor for illegally entering Syria and fighting there.
The trial of radical cleric Abu Qatada has been set for Dec. 10. Qatada was extradited from Britain in July to face terrorism charges stemming from plots against Westerners in Jordan over a decade ago. The army said over 1,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in the past 72 hours. The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood plans to try three founders of the reformist Zamzam splinter group in an internal shura council court.
The Islamic Action Front, as well as Civil Aviation head Mohammad Quraan, criticized Israel's plan to build a new international airport at Eilat very near to Jordan's international airport at Aqaba. Authorities last week arrested Salafi jihadist leader Khalil Alkam a.k.a. Abu Obidah along with three others who were also seeking to travel to Syria to fight with rebel forces. So far 30 other members of the Salafi jihadist movement have been arrested; 20 for planning to join fighters in Syria and 10 for attempting to illegally cross the border into Syria. Officials say the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are recruiting in Jordan; over 400 Jordanians are said to have been recruited for Syrian jihad.
Prime Minister Ensour said Jordan would take no part in a military intervention in Syria, and that Jordan supports a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict. He stated that Jordan's cooperation with the US has been limited to training Jordanian troops to confront operations that may involve chemical weapons. The terrorism trial of al Qaeda-linked cleric Abu Qatada begins next week.
Information Minister Momani said that "Jordan will not be a launching pad for any military action against Syria," and called for a consolidated effort by the international community to find a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis. The Islamic Action Front, the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm in Jordan, denounced US plans for a military intervention in Syria. The head of Jordan's Salafi jihadists also criticized the plans, and vowed resistance from Islamist groups to any attempt at interference in Syria. More than 1,000 Jordanians are believed to be fighting with Islamist groups in Syria, with about 80 percent of them in the Al Nusrah Front, an al Qaeda affiliate.
Border police arrested a group of Jordanians and other Arabs who were trying to smuggle a large quantity machine guns and ammunition into Jordan from Syria. A leading Muslim Brotherhood figure plans to run for mayor in Amman despite a recent MB decision to boycott municipal elections.
Jordanian authorities denied bail to extremist cleric Abu Qatada, who was deported from the UK recently to face terror charges; no reason was given for the denial. He faces retrial after Jordan convicted him in absentia in 1999.
Officials will allow al Qaeda-linked extremist cleric Abu Qatada to preach and provide "religious guidance" to fellow inmates while in Muwaqqer prison, which offers library privileges, poetry, music, and pottery activities. Most of the prison's 1,100 inmates are serving time for Islamist terror convictions.
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.
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.