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Obama to Host Jordan's King December 5

U.S. President Barack Obama will host Jordan's King Abdullah II at the White House December 5 to discuss ways to "calm tensions in Jerusalem," as well as other regional issues, the president's spokesman said Wednesday.

Obama will consult with the king on "efforts to counter ISIL and find a political solution in Syria, provide humanitarian assistance to refugees from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, and take steps to calm tensions in Jerusalem," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

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France to Send 6 Fighter Jets to Jordan against IS

The French government said that six Mirage fighter jets would be deployed to Jordan on Thursday to assist in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a weekly cabinet meeting that the deployment of the six fighters would "strengthen our presence in this theatre of operations," according to government spokesman Stephane Le Foll.

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Iraq Seeks Jordan Training for Troops

Iraq is seeking Jordan's military support in training its troops battling the Islamic State jihadist group, the Iraqi parliament speaker said Sunday during a visit to Amman.

"We firmly believe we need the support of the Jordanian kingdom in training our security forces," Salim al-Juburi told a press conference.

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French Jets in Jordan to Join Fight against IS Group, Says PM

French fighter jets are due to arrive in Jordan soon to join operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday.

"The show of strength is continuing with the arrival of Mirage planes in the coming days," Valls said during a visit to the Niger capital Niamey, adding that men and equipment were already in place in Jordan. 

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Jordan Arrests Brotherhood Deputy for Criticizing UAE

Jordan has arrested the deputy leader of the country's Muslim Brotherhood after he criticized the United Arab Emirates for classifying the movement as a "terrorist organization", a judicial source said Friday.

Zaki Bani Rsheid was summoned late Thursday for questioning by the state security prosecutor who later ordered his detention for 15 days, which could be extended.

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Jordan Queen Says Anti-IS Fight Key to Saving Islam

Jordan's Queen Rania on Tuesday urged support for U.S.-led air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group, saying the future of the Middle East and Islam was at stake.

"Our silence is the greatest gift" for IS, which has seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria, she told participants at a media summit in Abu Dhabi.

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Study: Terror Attacks Soar in 2013, Lebanon Among Most Affected

Lebanon came in 14th place as a country most affected by terrorism in a list of 162 nations, according to a new global study.

The London-based Institute for Economics and Peace said Lebanon got a score of 6.4 and joined 8 other countries that saw increased terrorist attacks in 2013 when compared to 2012.

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Jordan Jails Five for Promoting IS on Internet

A Jordanian court on Monday sentenced five people to jail for being members of the Islamic State group and promoting the jihadist organisation on the Internet.

Two other trials of suspected jihadist supporters, including a man accused of operating as a cook for Al-Qaida's Syria branch, also got underway as part as a crackdown on Islamist militants.

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Fearing Backlash, Jordan Asserts Al-Aqsa Custodianship

Jordan's tough stance towards Israel over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque reflects a determination to preserve its custodianship of the flashpoint site as well as its own stability, analysts say.

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Jordan Takes IS Battle to Internet, Mosques

Jordan is cracking down on firebrand preachers and online extremism to tackle jihadists after joining U.S.-led air strikes on the Islamic State group.

The desert kingdom shares borders with conflict-hit Iraq and Syria, and is struggling to cope with hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, adding to its own problems with homegrown Islamists.

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