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Jordan will help train Syrian rebels to fight against ISIS

Jordan says it will help train Syrian rebels as part of its fight against the extremist ISIS, which controls parts of neighboring Syria and Iraq. The training is part of a regional effort also involving Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar as hosts of training sites. The U.S. Congress has passed legislation providing $500 million for training about 5,000 rebels over the next year. Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said ...

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Jordan vows ‘all efforts’ to save pilot seized by jihadists

Jordan vowed Thursday to make every effort to save a pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria as Washington denied claims the jihadists shot his warplane out of the sky. Maaz al-Kassasbeh, a 26-year-old first lieutenant in the Jordanian air force, was captured by IS on Wednesday after his F-16 jet crashed while on a mission against the ...

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Jordan’s response to a statement made by IS

Focus in the hostage crisis is now on Jordan’s response to a statement made by a group believed to be the Islamic State that freelance journalist Kenji Goto would be freed in exchange for the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber on death row in Jordan. The Japanese government is doing its utmost to obtain cooperation from Amman. ...

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Jordan committed to anti-ISIS coalition

Jordan remains “as committed as ever” to a U.S.-led military coalition against ISIS, the kingdom’s foreign minister said Sunday, amid heightened fears for the life of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the militants. Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh spoke a day after another ISIS hostage, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, was purportedly beheaded by the militants. The fate of the two ...

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UPDATED: IS announces in video it burned Jordanian pilot alive; Amman vows revenge

The Islamic State group released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the burning alive of a Jordanian pilot, in the jihadists’ most recent execution yet of a foreign hostage. The highly produced 22-minute video released online showed images of a man purported to be the pilot Muath al-Kassasbeh, who was captured in December, engulfed in flames inside a metal cage. Later ...

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Jordan jets pound Raqqa as pilot mourned

Jordanian fighter jets pounded ISIS hideouts in Syria Thursday and then roared over the hometown of a pilot killed by the militants, while below them King Abdullah consoled the victim’s family. Witnesses overheard the monarch telling the pilot’s father the planes were returning from the militant-held city of Raqqa. A security source told Reuters the strikes hit targets in the ...

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The Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan was sentenced 18 months in prison for criticizing the UAE on Facebook

The deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan was sentenced on Sunday to 18 months in prison for criticizing the United Arab Emirates in a Facebook post. The state security court, a special body that has jurisdiction over Jordan’s internal and external threats, found the Brotherhood leader, Zaki Bani Rushaid, guilty of “acts harmful to the country’s relations with ...

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