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Key Jordan Trade Route Cut after Syria Border Closure

When security fears forced Jordan to close its last border crossing with Syria this month, it severed its most important trade route to the outside, further straining an economy already hit by fallout from war.

But the damage to heavily import-reliant Jordan is not just hypothetical -- hundreds of importers and exporters lost millions of dollars worth of goods when rebels pillaged the vast free trade zone that straddled the border, most of it on the Syrian side.

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Senior Officers Killed in Iraq's Anbar

The Islamic State jihadist group killed two senior officers and 10 other soldiers in a suicide bombing and heavy fighting in Iraq's Anbar province, a general said on Saturday.

"The commander of the 1st Division, Staff Brigadier General Hassan Abbas, and the commander of the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division, Staff Colonel Hilal Matar, and 10 soldiers were killed and 10 wounded," Staff Major General Mohammed al-Dulaimi said.

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Jordan's Crown Prince at U.N. Takes on Jihadist 'Dark World'

Jordan's 20-year-old crown prince on Thursday called for measures to prevent the world's youth from being "lured into the dark world" of Islamic extremists as he became the youngest person ever to chair a Security Council meeting.

Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah presided over the debate on the role of youth in countering violent extremism during Jordan's monthly presidency of the 15-member council.

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Stranded Drivers Express 'Disgust' over Cabinet's Failure to Resolve of their Case

The Lebanese drivers who have been stranded in Saudi Arabia as a result of the closure of the Nasib border crossing between Jordan and Syria have expressed their disappointment at the cabinet's failure to properly resolve their case, reported As Safir newspaper on Saturday.

They said that the recent cabinet decisions “did not meet their expectations in resolving their case.”

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U.N. Calls for $274 mln to Aid War-Torn Yemen

The United Nations launched an urgent appeal Friday for $274 million (253 million euros) to provide emergency assistance to the millions of people affected by the Yemen war.

"The devastating conflict in Yemen takes place against the backdrop of an existing humanitarian crisis that was already one of the largest and most complex in the world," a U.N. statement issued in Jordan said.

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Jordan Pledges Support for Libya in Talks with General

King Abdullah II on Monday pledged Jordan's support for efforts by Libya to confront "terrorist organizations", in talks with Libyan army chief Khalifa Haftar.

Abdullah discussed the Libyan conflict with Haftar and ways of addressing "efforts to counter terrorism and terrorist gangs", the palace said in a statement.

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Jordan Sentences Six for Waving IS Flags at Wedding

A court in Jordan on Monday ordered six men jailed for waving the Islamic State group's flag and singing jihadist slogans at a wedding.

The state security court sentenced two defendants to five years in prison for "carrying out acts that expose the kingdom to the risk of hostile acts and ruining relations with foreign states."

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Nine Drivers Return to Beirut from Jordan

Nine Lebanese truck drivers, who had been stranded at the Syrian-Jordanian border following clashes between rebels and Syrian government troops, returned to Beirut on Monday.

A plane carrying eight truckers landed at Rafik Hariri International Airport before noon.

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8 Lebanese Truckers Enter Jordan, Efforts Ongoing to Unveil Fate of 9th

Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb announced Sunday that the eight Lebanese truck drivers who were still stranded in Syria have crossed into Jordan and are now in the custody of Jordanian authorities, as efforts continued to unveil the fate of a ninth trucker.

The drivers “are doing well and will arrive in Beirut tomorrow aboard a Middle East Airlines plane,” said Shehayyeb, who was tasked by cabinet to follow up on the case.

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Jordan Raises Safety Concerns over Israeli Airport near Aqaba

Jordan expressed concerns over air traffic safety Sunday as it restated its opposition to the construction of an Israeli international airport near the coastal city of Aqaba.

Transport ministry spokesman Ali Odaibat told the official Petra news agency Jordan had notified the International Civil Aviation Organization about its concerns over the Israeli project and to "stress Jordan's keenness to protect its airspace."

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