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Jordan on "alert" as tension rises on borders with Iraq, Syria

English.news.cn   2014-01-09 01:35:14            

AMMAN, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Jordanian officials said this week that the country is closely following up the situation on borders with Iraq and Syria after radical groups took control of some of these areas.

In a Lower House session on Tuesday, Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said his country is concerned about terrorism and is closely following up the developments in Iraq's Anbar province, where al-Qaida-linked groups took control of some areas bordering Jordan.

Jordan's security is part of the region's security, he said during the session.

"Terrorism is an issue of concern to Jordan," said Ensour, referring to the emergence of radical groups inside Iraqi and Syrian territories bordering Jordan.

In an interview with state-owned Jordan Television, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said Jordan is "on alert" in the field and at the political level," referring to the fighting in Iraq and al- Qaida-linked group's control of some towns there and its impact on the kingdom.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), which is an al- Qaida-linked faction, currently has control over Fallujah and parts of Ramadi in Iraq's western Anbar province, which borders Jordan.

On Tuesday, at least 10 al-Qaida militants were killed in clashes between Sunni tribes and al-Qaida fighters in two major cities of Iraq's western province of Anbar, security sources and official TV said.

Anbar province has been the scene of sporadic clashes between Iraqi security forces, tribesmen and al-Qaida militants. The security situation deteriorated in the province last week, when Iraqi police dismantled an anti-government protest site outside Ramadi, Anbar's provincial capital city.

Editor: Mengjie
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