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Muslims not Doing 'Enough' to Fight IS, Says Jordan's Queen Rania

Queen Rania of Jordan said Wednesday that moderate Muslims were not doing enough to fight against IS jihadists and their "diabolical ideology."

Speaking at a major French business gathering in Jouy-en-Josas near Paris, the 44-year-old said helping the Middle East's youth was crucial in the fight against the extremist group, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria on Jordan's doorstep.

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Assad Defends Hizbullah Presence in Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad described on Tuesday as "legitimate" the presence of fighters from Hizbullah in Syria to back his forces against anti-regime gunmen.

"The difference (between Hizbullah and foreign anti-regime fighters) is legitimacy. Who invited Hizbullah to Syria?" Assad asked. 

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Sources: Salam, Jordanian Officials Discussed Lebanese Export through Aqaba

Sources close to Prime Minister Tammam Salam have said that Jordanian authorities expressed readiness to facilitate the export of Lebanese products through the Port of Aqaba.

The sources told al-Mustaqbal daily published on Thursday that the pledge was made during Salam's one-day visit to Jordan a day earlier.

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Salam in Amman for Improved Relations

Prime Minister Tammam Salam was in Jordan on Wednesday on a one-day official visit at a head of a large delegation that will attend the meetings of the joint Lebanese-Jordanian Higher Committee.

Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and Salam jointly chaired the meetings.

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Jordanian-U.S. Suspect Nabbed in NY Area IS Ring

A 20-year-old Jordanian-American who flew overseas in an apparent bid to join the Islamic State extremist group, appeared in court near New York on Monday on terror allegations, prosecutors said.

He is one of at least four U.S. citizens from the greater New York area arrested in recent months on suspicion of being part of a ring of supporters of the group fighting in Iraq and Syria.

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Jordan Airforce Buys Nine Pilatus Trainer Planes

The Jordanian airforce will buy nine Pilatus training aircraft for fighter jet pilots, the Swiss company said Monday, without divulging the price tag on the deal.

The deal for the nine PC-9 M two-seater planes also includes a simulator, training equipment and logistics support, Pilatus Aircraft said in a statement.

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Salam Hinges on Cabinet Support to Confront Planned Demos

Sources close to Prime Minister Tammam Salam have expressed confidence that there is consensus to confront Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun's call for street demonstrations against the military extensions.

“Each day has its own events,” the sources said. “Salam is not alone responsible for confrontation.”

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Salam Heads to One-Day Visit to Jordan Next Week

Prime Minister Tammam Salam is scheduled to travel to Jordan next week on an official visit, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Saturday.

It said that the premier is set to head to the kingdom on Wednesday to chair the meetings of the joint Jordanian-Lebanese higher committee.

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Jordan Jails 8 for Plots against U.S. Troops, Israel

Jordan handed down jail sentences Wednesday against seven of its citizens and a Syrian for planning attacks on U.S. soldiers in the country and on the Israeli embassy, a judicial source said.

The plots in question would have involved "terrorist acts" against the U.S. service personnel at a Jordan military base in Al-Moaqar in 2006 and against the Israeli embassy in Amman in 2008, the source said without elaborating.

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Jail for Jordanians Convicted of Recruiting for Hamas

Twelve Jordanians were sentenced on Tuesday to jail terms of up to 15 years for their involvement in a cell recruiting members for the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

Of 16 defendants, "four were acquitted and 12 convicted of terrorist offenses", a judicial source said.

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