Did Jordan king visit Moscow to avert disaster in the region?

Sunday, 18 February 2018

The moment his plane landed in Moscow on February 15, Russian media broadcast the king while saying: “I am always very delighted and warmed by the opportunity to see my dear brother, President Putin, as a friend, a dear friend of his as well as a friend of Russia ’, with this statement King Abdullah II started his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.The wording is very important at this time as the king expressed the Jordanian fears of a comprehensive regional war with ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Jordan foils militant pipeline smuggling plot: army

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Jordan’s army said Saturday it has foiled a plot to smuggle arms, drugs and “terrorists” through a disused oil pipeline along its border with Syria.“The Jordanian armed forces were able... to thwart a plan to smuggle weapons, drugs and terrorists” through the pipeline, an official in the general command said in a statement.“A group of terrorists and drug traffickers” had used a house near the Jordan-Syria border and the disused Trans-Arabian Pipeline ...

Iraq publishes most wanted list headed by ISIS leader

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Iraqi authorities published a list of most wanted fugitives on Tuesday headed by elusive ISIS group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his number two.It was the second list Iraq had published this week of people wanted on suspicion of belonging to ISIS, al-Qaeda or the Baath Party of executed dictator Saddam Hussein.“They are more dangerous than those who appeared on the first list published on Sunday and they are wanted internationally whereas the others are wanted only by the Iraqi ...

Jordan to hike up public transport fares by 10 percent

Monday, 5 February 2018

Jordan has decided to increase public transport fates by 10 percent as of Wednesday, just days after the government announced a hike in the price of gasoline and diesel. This came under a decision adopted by Jordan’s Land Transport Regulatory Commission (LTRC) Director General Salah Lozi, the Jordan Times reported. The decision to increase fares covers medium and large public buses and all taxis, according Jordan’s Petra News Agency. The last Jordan increased public transportation ...

HRW urges Turkey to end ‘lethal force’ against fleeing Syrians

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Human Rights Watch called on Ankara on Saturday to stop using “lethal force” against Syrians trying to cross into Turkey, urging it to open its border to those seeking asylum. A major offensive waged by Syrian government troops in the northwestern province of Idlib has displaced more than 270,000 people since mid-December, according to the United Nations. Many have tried to flee into Turkey, but border guards have been “indiscriminately shooting at and summarily returning ...

Jordan cuts ties with North Korea “in line with the policies of its allies”

Thursday, 1 February 2018

US ally Jordan has cut diplomatic ties with North Korea “in line with the policies of its allies”, a government source said on Thursday.The decision comes months after similar moves by Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, who are also key regional allies of the United States.In November, the US called on all countries to cut off trade and diplomatic ties with North Korea after it carried out a series of weapons test, including intercontinental ballistic missiles that brought the US ...

Israel gradually reopens embassy in Jordan after end of spat

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Israel says it is reopening its embassy in Jordan after the two countries put a months-long diplomatic spat behind them. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said on Tuesday that there will be a “gradual reopening” of the embassy in Amman but that no ambassador has been appointed yet. The embassy was closed after a shooting last summer there in which two Jordanians were killed. Israel’s ambassador returned to Israel along with the guard involved in the shooting. The ...

Family of Jordanian killed in Oregon calls on authorities to identify murderers

Monday, 29 January 2018

A Jordanian woman who was found decapitated and dismembered in two bags in a black BMW in Oregon Last week was identified as Sara Zghoul. Zaghoul’s family members told Al Arabiya that “now it is time to find the suspect”, and have called on United States authorities to quickly identify them. According to a press release, the family asked that the Jordanian government liaise with US authorities to ‘get to the bottom’ of this heinous crime. “For the sake of ...

Jordan gets US Black Hawk helicopters to bolster defenses

Monday, 29 January 2018

The United States delivered eight Black Hawk helicopters to Jordan on Thursday to help its regional ally defend itself against the threat of ISIS militants, Jordanian and US officials said.They said another eight Black Hawks would begin arriving next year under a military aid deal worth about $200 million.The helicopters are central to a US-funded “Quick Reaction Force” set up by Jordan to counter ISIS, which controls large swathes of territory in neighboring Iraq and Syria.In a ...

Jordan’s foreign policy message from Davos

Sunday, 28 January 2018

It is palpable that a nation’s foreign policy mirrors its political leaders’ perspectives and views. These are a product of internal and external factors that influence political orientations in relations with other countries and international organizations.Jordan, like other Mideast countries, has always been inclined to its geopolitical environment, international relations, and causes and effects of its geographical, demographic and economic situations which include among others ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

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