Around 9,000 Jordanians are currently fighting for Islamic State and al-Qaeda inspired groups in Syria and Iraq but recruitment numbers have fallen sharply to their lowest ever levels, a senior Jordanian official told Reuters on Tuesday.
Those now fighting in Iraq and Syria had mostly left Jordan, a staunch US ally which borders the two countries, in the early years of the conflict between 2013 and 2014 according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Numbers joining the ultra-hardline jihadist groups had dropped in the last three years as an intelligence-led campaign helped Jordanian security forces nip plots in the bud and arrested radicalised youths who were planning to leave, he said.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
US election winner ‘does not matter’
Palestinians seek closure of West Bank crossings to curb virus
Identifying migrants who died at sea meticulous work for Tunisia
Iran's daily virus deaths near record high
Rockets target US interests in Iraq despite arrests
Iran imposes new curbs as toll rises
Iran imposes new curbs as coronavirus toll rises
Turkish minister in Libya for defence co-operation talks
Russian minister welcomes Palestinian unity pledge