Jordan Jails Three Nationals For Syria Jihad

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A Jordanian military tribunal on Tuesday jailed three men convicted of trying to join Syria’s jihadist Al Nusra Front and fight Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s regime.

“The state security court today initially sentenced the three to five years in jail each, but immediately halved the prison terms,” a court official said.

“They attempted in January to interfiltrate Syria and join Al Nusra Front.”

According to the official, the men were charged with “carrying out acts that the government does not approve and that would expose Jordan to the risk of aggression, as well as possession of unlicensed firearms”.

Al Nusra, which seeks to establish an Islamic state in Syria, is among the most prominent groups involved in Syria’s 26-month conflict, which has killed more than 94,000, according to monitors.

The court had just a day earlier jailed two Jordanians for five years for going to Syria last summer for jihad, a judicial official said.

The two were arrested after they returned to Jordan in August, “pretending that they were Syrian refugees”.

In May, the military court handed down similar jail sentences for nine Muslim extremists who wanted to go to Syria.

Jordan, which says it is hosting more than 500,000 refugees from Syria’s civil war, has arrested dozens of jihadists as they tried to cross into the war-torn country.

Jordanian Salafists have said there were more than 500 jihadists from the country in Syria.

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