February 25, 2004 |
U.S. troops killed a lieutenant of Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian accused of leading a terrorist campaign in Iraq, during a firefight last week west of Baghdad, occupation officials said Tuesday. The slain suspect, identified only by the alias Abu Mohammed Hamza, was an expert bomb maker for Zarqawi's network, U.S. officials said. His death suggests that U.S. troops may be closing in on Zarqawi, who is suspected of having ties to Al Qaeda. U.S.
January 26, 2004 |
Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher said Arab states need to explain their peace proposals to Israelis and take a strong stand against suicide bombings. "We have not publicly, clearly, unequivocally taken a stand against suicide bombs," Muasher declared at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. "We have not told the average Israeli citizen that suicide bombs are wrong from a moral and political point of view."
January 19, 2004 |
U.S.-led forces in Iraq sent home 20 Jordanian detainees Sunday, a portion of the Arab volunteers who arrived last year to support Iraqis during the war and after, the International Committee of the Red Cross announced. Last month, U.S.-led forces sent home five Jordanians, two Lebanese and one Syrian. The U.S. military said in November that it had more than 300 suspected foreign fighters in custody in Iraq, mainly Syrians and Iranians.
December 24, 2003
"Going to Palestine Via Iraq" (Dec. 22) describes Ahmed Rahal as having risen to the pinnacle of Saddam Hussein's army "from an impoverished childhood in the West Bank." Then a few paragraphs down we're told that he is 51 years of age. Now, the impression given, and I would suspect intended, is that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank is responsible for his miserable childhood. But then I started doing the math. If he is 51 years old, then he was born around 1952. Israel didn't capture the West Bank until 1967, when he would have been about 15. Jordan controlled the West Bank from 1948 until 1967, so then Jordan must have been responsible for his lousy childhood.
November 20, 2003 |
A Jordanian truck driver fired on a crowd of tourists crossing into Israel, killing one and wounding four near this Red Sea resort. The gunman was killed by Israeli security personnel. Jordanian officials condemned the shooting and said the gunman, who came from a predominantly Palestinian town, was not linked to any organized armed group.
October 24, 2003 |
Philippine authorities said Thursday that they had arrested two international terror suspects, a Jordanian and an Indonesian, who were allegedly involved in financing operations for the Al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiah terror networks. Officials identified the Jordanian as Mahmoud Afif Abdeljalil, 36, a suspected Al Qaeda operative and close associate of Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law, Mohammed Khalifa, who spread Bin Laden's influence in the southern Philippines during the 1990s.
September 14, 2003 |
The United States apologized Saturday for the "friendly fire" killings of at least eight Iraqi law enforcement officers and a Jordanian security guard as mourners, many of them brandishing high-powered firearms, buried the dead amid angry denunciations of America. "The senior military leadership of the coalition has been in contact with the Jordanian military and Iraqi authorities to express our deep regret and apologies" for Friday's mistaken shootings, U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col.
June 25, 2003 |
A Jordanian accused of helping to plot terrorist attacks in Germany testified Tuesday that he became immersed in Islam while living on welfare, starting a journey that prosecutors said took him to an Al Qaeda training camp and into a radical Palestinian movement. Shadi Abdalla, 26, could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of belonging to a terrorist group and forging passports.
May 2, 2003 |
A Jordanian security officer was killed and three people were injured Thursday night when an explosive device that authorities believe was a journalist's souvenir from Iraq exploded at Amman's Queen Alia International Airport. Security officials said baggage screeners at the airport noticed a metal object in an unidentified Japanese journalist's suitcase. When the guard, Sgt. Ali Sirhan, examined it closely, it exploded.
April 23, 2003 |
The portable toilets stretch to the bleak horizon. Empty tents snap in the wind. A lone Jordanian soldier in a crisp blue uniform stands guard, looking like a lawman in some Wild West ghost town. "There is no one here," he said as he battened down the flapping doors of a small bathroom with a piece of wire. "Maybe tomorrow I will get to go home."