Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Jordan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Jordan

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Nov. 18: Eight Islamist militants were convicted by a Jordanian military court of plotting to kill US troops in Iraq as well as Americans and Jews in Jordan. The militants, three of whom were still fugitives during trial, were sentenced from two to ten years, with the plot's orchestrator, Ahmed Shabeneh, receiving the longest sentence. In 2003, Shabaneh had created a militant group called the Victorious Sect. [BBC, 11/18]

Nov. 22: The Jordanian cabinet's 23 ministers resigned as part of a larger government shake-up orchestrated by Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit. Bakhit, who took office one year earlier amid promises of democratic reform, said that the cabinet reshuffle was undertaken to set the stage for such reforms. Earlier in the month, the Jordanian government announced King 'Abdullah II's approval for the pending government restructuring. [Al-Jazeera, 11/22]

Dec. 23: Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels captured 25 staff members of a Jordanian ship that had drifted near the group's stronghold in the country's north. …

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