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Monday, October 22, 2012

Islamists trying to spread Syrian war into Jordan

There have been two very important stories from Jordan in the last day. In the first, Al Qaeda-inspired Jordanian nationals came from Syria to perform a major terror attack:

The Jordanian General Intelligence Department (GID) announced on Sunday foiling a major terrorist attack that was in the planning stages by a group of 11 Jordanian nationals.

"Jordan is targeted by a number of fronts that want to spread chaos in the country," Minister of State for Media Affairs Samih Maaytah said.

Maaytah commended during a press conference held at the Prime Ministry the role of the intelligence department in protecting the country, adding that foiling this attempt reveals the strength of the nation and its agencies in defending itself and protecting its citizens.

The Minister said that the 11 individuals who were arrested as part of this operation are all Jordanian nationals who came from Syria and follow the ideology of Al Qaeda, adding that the group was identified and monitored since they entered Jordan from Syria.
And in the other, a Jordanian guard was killed at the border - again, by Islamists in Syria:
An official source at the Jordanian General Armed Forces announced Monday that Corporal Mohammed Abdullah Manaseer al-Abbadi was killed during Sunday night clashes between Jordanian armed forces and an armed group entering from Syria through the northern border, Petra News Agency reported on Monday.

The source said that a group of eight armed people tried to illegally cross the Syrian-Jordanian border and clashed with the Jordanian soldiers at 22:30 local time. The group was arrested with eight Kalashnikov rifles and a 3G rifle .

"Another armed Takfiri group using Kalashnikov rifles and guns tried to cross the border at 24:00 local time and clashed with the Jordanian forces but all of the group was arrested and one of them was critically injured", the source added.
While defeating Iranian-backed Assad should still be the priority, the longer that his fall is delayed makes it more likely that the Syrian revolution will be completely hijacked by Islamists - and not even Muslim Brotherhood-type Islamists, but Al Qaeda terrorists.

And their goal is not just to take over Syria, but the entire Middle East.

The West has bungled Syria, badly, and things are only getting worse because of the endless foot-dragging.