Tag: Jordan

Jordan and Russia to sign $10b nuclear deal this month

The Jordanian government is set to sign a nuclear agreement with Russia later this month in order to build its first nuclear power plant, Jordanian media reported.   Russian state-owned Rosatom will build two nuclear power plants and the spent nuclear fuel could be sent back to Russia, which is what made the Russian offer […]

Israel, Jordan sign historic plan to save Dead Sea

Bringing an historic deal to fruition, Israeli and Jordanian government officials on Thursday signed a bilateral agreement to exchange water and jointly funnel Red Sea brine to the shrinking Dead Sea.   The agreement, worth some $800 million, is the result of a memorandum of understanding signed among Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian officials on December […]

Jordan Moves ‘Thousands’ of Troops to Iraq Border:

Jordan has deployed “thousands” of troops at its border with Iraq as it ramps up a campaign against ISIS militants who set a pilot ablaze, two Jordanian government officials told NBC News on Tuesday.   The troops were sent to prevent the infiltration of ISIS fighters into Jordan and as a show of force, according […]

Emirates launches airstrikes from Jordan on Islamic State

The United Arab Emirates launched airstrikes Tuesday against the Islamic State group from an air base in Jordan, marking its return to combat operations against the militants after it halted flights late last year.   The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces said Emirati F-16s carried out a series of strikes Tuesday morning, according […]

Jordan Says ISIS is ‘20% Defeated’

Jordan announced it has carried out dozens of air strikes on the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, as a top US envoy said Iraqi troops would begin a major ground offensive against the jihadists in the weeks ahead.   Jordanian air force chief Major General Mansour al-Jobour said Sunday the kingdom had launched 56 air raids since Thursday as part […]

Jordanian escalation against ISIS may lead to surge in terror attacks in Kingdom

Jordan’s move to intensify its military operations against Islamic State in response to the burning alive of its air force pilot may lead to terrorist attacks in the kingdom.   Jordanian fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Syria on Thursday, a day after King Abdullah called for more action against the group.   Islamic […]

The war against Islamic State: It will be a long haul

The repertoire of new horrors keeps expanding. On February 3rd the jihadists of Islamic State (IS) released a video showing the immolation of Flight Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh, a Jordanian pilot captured after he ejected from his F-16 jet, over Syria in December. The sickening footage appears calculated to attract potential IS recruits; scare and provoke its […]

Israeli minister urges West to give more arms to Kurds, Jordan

Western states should provide more weapons to Jordan, Egypt, Kurdish forces and certain opposition forces in Syria, Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on the sidelines of the Munich Security conference on Friday.   Israeli officials had previously stopped short of making such explicit calls, citing concern that such groups would face added hostility […]

AI Condemns Jordan for Executing Terrorists

Amnesty International has condemned Jordan for executing Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in “revenge” for the group burning Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh alive on camera.   “The Jordanian authorities are rightly horrified by this utterly reprehensible killing but the response should never be to resort to the death penalty, which itself is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading […]

Jordan executes 2 al-Qaeda prisoners

In Washington, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and President Barack Obama vowed in a hastily arranged White House meeting not to let up in the fight against the Islamic State group. Jordan, a staunch Western ally, is a member of the coalition. In a first response to the killing of the pilot, Jordan executed Sajida al-Rishawi […]