Jordan arrests 11 alleged ISIS members over ‘terror plan’

The 11 alleged ISIS members "admitted their links" to ISIS, a security official said. (File photo: Reuters)

Jordan has arrested 11 members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group who it said confessed to planning "terrorist operations" in the kingdom, a security official said on Sunday.

ISIS militants have seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, both of which border Jordan, declaring a "caliphate" and imposing a brutal interpretation of Islamic law.

The 11 alleged ISIS members "admitted their links to the leadership of the Daesh organization in Syria and that they were charged with carrying out terrorist operations in Jordan targeting a number of vital interests", the official said, using the ISIS group's Arabic acronym.

Security forces were continuing their investigation into the group, the source added in comments published by state news agency Petra.

Washington has drummed up support for an international coalition, which includes Jordan and Saudi Arabia, to tackle the ISIS group in Syria and Iraq.

The militants' advances have raised fears that they could gain ground in neighboring Jordan, which is struggling to deal with an influx of 600,000 Syrian refugees and to contain local Islamist groups.
 

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