Jordan Jails 11 Islamists over U.S. Embassy Plot


A Jordanian military tribunal handed jail terms of between four and 20 years on Wednesday to 11 people it convicted of plotting to attack the U.S. embassy for Al-Qaida in 2012.

The state security court found the men guilty of "plotting to carry out terrorist acts and possessing explosives as well as automatic and other weapons for illicit use."

After the ruling, the bearded convicts, wearing brown and blue prison uniform, shouted: "God is the greatest, the Koran is our constitution and jihad is our path."

The group, arrested in October 2012, planned to "attack shopping malls in Amman to divert the attention of security services before firing mortar rounds at the U.S. embassy," according to the chargesheet.

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