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Jordan air strike at Syrian border said to hit convoy of U.S.-trained rebels

This aerial photo shows a truck burning after a Jordanian air strike on a convoy at the border between Jordan and Syria on Wednesday, April 16.  /AP

Special to AMMAN — For the first time, Jordan has launched air strikes on neighboring Syria. The Jordanian military said fighter-jets attacked armored vehicles in southern Syria as they sought to cross the border into the Hashemite kingdom. A military statement said the camouflaged vehicles, identified as Land Rovers, were destroyed. Later, diplomatic sources [...]

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Special forces from 19 countries to join Jordan’s Warrior Competition

Chinese paramilitary personnels attend the 5th Warrior Competition at King Abdullah Special Operation Training Center (KASOTC) in Amman, capital of Jordan, on March 28, 2013. The competition with wide participation of 33 teams from 18 countries is held from March 24 to March 28.  /Xinhua/Mohammad Abu Ghosh

Special to AMMAN — Jordan has been preparing for its annual special operations forces competition. The Jordanian military plans to host the Annual Warrior Competition outside Amman on May 5-8. The military said 38 teams from 19 countries would participate in the five-day contest at the U.S.-financed King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center. [...]

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Unexpected winner in Syria War: Jordan, with an assist from anti-Brotherhood coup in Egypt


Special to WASHINGTON — Jordan has made a surprising economic and security rebound amid the Sunni war in neighboring Syria, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy asserted that Jordan exceeded expectations of the United States and other allies in restoring stability despite the massive flow of refugees from Syria. In [...]

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Iraq, Jordan, Egypt agree on energy deal, $18 billion gas pipeline

Iraqi gas field.

Special to AMMAN — Egypt, Iraq and Jordan plan to launch a regional energy venture. On March 6, the three Arab states signed a memorandum of understanding that could result in the transfer of Iraqi natural gas to Jordan and Egypt. Officials said the MoU would focus on the construction of an $18 billion [...]

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Israel signs 15-year deal for export of natural gas to Jordan

Tamar gas platform.  /Albatross

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel and Jordan have agreed to supply natural gas to the Hashemite kingdom. Israel has approved the first export from its offshore Tamar gas field, headed by the U.S. firm Noble Energy. Under the 15-year deal, signed on Feb. 19, the Noble-led consortium would provide 1.8 billion cubic meters [...]

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Jordan confront to defend against WMD strike from Syria

Jordan Army APCs

Special to AMMAN — Jordan’s military is preparing for a weapons of mass destruction attack from neighboring Syria. The Jordanian military said it was drafting plans on how to defend against a WMD strike, particularly chemical weapons. The military said it conducted a series of exercises in the northern and southern parts of the [...]

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Flooded with 600,000 refugees, Jordan vows cooperation with Interpol

During his visit to the INTERPOL General Secretariat Jordan’s Minister of Interior, Hussein Majali, underlined his country’s dedication to enhancing international police cooperation.

Special to LONDON — Jordan has pledged to enhance police cooperation with the international community. The Hashemite kingdom’s interior minister said Jordan required international support amid the settlement of more than 600,000 refugees from neighboring Syria. Officials said Jordan has agreed to improve cooperation with Interpol in the area of law enforcement. They said [...]

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Israel-Jordan-Palestinians water deal will generate electricity, save Dead Sea


Special to WASHINGTON — Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority have signed an infrastructure agreement. Israel, Jordan and the PA signed an agreement to link the Red Sea and Dead Sea. The signing took place on Dec. 9 at the World Bank in Washington and stipulated the construction of a 180-kilometer water pipeline. “The [...]

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Al Qaida militias recruiting Sunnis in Jordan to fight Syria’s Assad


Special to AMMAN — Officials said Al Qaida militias were recruiting Sunni Muslims in Jordan for the revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad. The officials identified the militias as Nusra Front for the Defense of the Levant and Islamic State in Iraq and Levant. “They offer young poverty-stricken men financial incentives, with some money [...]

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NATO pilots learning ‘desert techniques’ in Jordan for Afghan ops

Part of Britain's Commando helicopter force in training.

Special to LONDON — Jordan has been serving as a training ground for militaries operating in Afghanistan. Officials said Jordan has hosted NATO training for desert operations. The officials said eastern and southern Jordan were used to help Western air forces that operate in Afghanistan. “Clearly the main aim is to train and refresh [...]

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