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Jordan policeman fired at a training centre killing 5 trainers

A policeman has opened fire at a police training centre in Jordan, killing two Americans, a South African and two Jordanians, according to officials. The Jordanian embassy in Washington said the Jordanian assailant also wounded two Americans and two Jordanians, before being shot dead. President Barack Obama said the US was taking the attack “very seriously”. The US-funded Jordan International ...

Jordan rejects Syria charge of training ‘terrorists’

Jordan on Tuesday rejected Syrian accusations that “terrorists” were being given military training on its soil, insisting Amman favoured a political solution to its neighbour’s conflict. The Syrian foreign ministry, in a protest letter sent to the United Nations on Monday, alleged Jordan “provides logistical support to armed terrorist groups, including (Al-Qaeda affiliate) Al-Nusra Front”. It accused Jordan of having ...

Jordan ordered six men jailed for waving ISIS’ flag

A court in Jordan Monday ordered six men jailed for waving ISIS’ flag and singing jihadi slogans at a wedding. The state security court sentenced two defendants to five years in prison for “carrying out acts that expose the kingdom to the risk of hostile acts and ruining relations with foreign states.” The remaining four were sentenced in absentia to ...

Pilot and trainee were killed in Jordan military aircraft crash

A Jordanian pilot and an Iraqi trainee were killed when a light training aircraft crashed during a routine military exercise on Monday, the Jordanian army said. A T67 “Firefly aircraft crashed Monday morning, killing a Jordanian lieutenant colonel and his Iraqi trainee, during a routine training exercise” said Col. Mamdouh al-Amiri, a military spokesman. He said the crash occurred over ...

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 ...

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 ...

Jordan coach has promised to shock Japan in Tuesday’s pivotal Asian Cup clash

Jordan coach Ray Wilkins has promised his side will make life as awkward as possible for holders Japan in Tuesday’s pivotal Asian Cup clash. The Blue Samurai are overwhelming favourites to make it three wins out of three to finish top of Group D, but should Jordan pull off a shock in Melbourne they can still progress to the quarter-finals, ...

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. ...

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 ...

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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