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BBC NEWS September 11, one year on


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Jordan foiled a millennium eve plot by Islamists who planned to blow up tourist hotels in Amman and attack Christian pilgrims at the River Jordan. It looked like an al-Qaeda operation.

After 11 September, there were further arrests and 11 suspects were charged with “conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts”. One of those arrested is said to be a fighter who had got out of Afghanistan. This indicated that al-Qaeda was trying regroup locally, a trend seen elsewhere, for example in Morocco.

King Abdullah appears to have followed his father’s policy of suppressing violence while tolerating non-violent Islamic movements. Islamic parties have not been banned.

One problem for the government has been the sympathy shown for Osama Bin Laden by people in the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan.


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