posted on Nov, 20 2005 @ 04:50 AM
Well, al-Qaida is not waging a popularity campaign, they have no democratic aspirations.
The real objective is to undermine and ultimately depose the secular Jordanian government of King Abdullah II.
In his videotape, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi says that al-Qaida undertook its attack because "the tyrant of Jordan has turned [the country] into a
back yard for the enemies of Islam, such as the Jews and the Crusaders,"
Their rhetoric should not be dismissed.
On October 26, 1994 the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan signed the peace treaty.
, King Hussein opposed the first Gulf war and up from that time, U.S.-Jordanian military and intelligence relations have
In March 1995
, ~ 1,200 personnel and 34 U.S. F-15 / F-16s set up camp at two airbases -- Shaheed Mwaffaq airbase (Muaffaq-as Salti) and H-5
(Prince Hassan) to enforce the Iraqi southern no fly zone.
Jordan was officially designated a combat zone for U.S. personnel on ]Sep. 19, 2001
On Jan. 30, 2003
, Jordan granted blanket overflight rights to the U.S..
Over 5,000 U.S. and coalition troops were stationed in Jordan at the beginning of “Operation Iraqi Freedom“. (U.K. deployed Harrier Jump jets and
Today, Jordan flies American F-16s and its units carry out public exchanges with the 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson, Arizona.
Also, Iraqi refugees, businessmen and defectors came into Jordan. Iraqi population and Iraqi commerce grew in the country (~ 350,000 Iraqis currently
reside in Jordan, they can enter without visas) Amman became a hub for anti-Saddam operations.
GID (Jordan's General Intelligence Directorate
) has become the CIA's most important and effective
counter-terrorism ally in the ME