Tourists stabbed in Jordanian city of Jerash

KONFRONTASI-Police in Jordan has arrested a man suspected of stabbing foreign tourists in the ancient city of Jerash, about 50 kilometres (31.07 miles) north of the capital Amman.

Police spokesperson Amer Sartawi said in a statement on Wednesday that "several tourists, a tourist's guide and a police officer were stabbed" by a knife-wielding man in the city known for its Roman ruins.

"The victims have been transported to a hospital and are undergoing treatment," the statement said.

Malaysian Prime Minister announces his country's intention to open an embassy accredited to Palestine in Jordan


Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said at Friday his country will open an embassy accredited to Palestine in Jordan.According to the Anatolia news agency, he made the remarks at the 18th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Baku, during which he discussed the Palestinian issue.

Mohammed added that "the international community does not care about the problems facing Palestine, and did not act against the Israeli occupation."

Jordan to drop IMF-imposed tax bill after biggest protests in years

KONFRONTASI - Jordan's new prime minister says he will drop a controversial IMF-backed income tax bill which has sparked the kingdom's biggest protests in years.

PM Omar al-Razzaz said there is a consensus to withdraw the income tax bill after a meeting in parliament in the capital Amman on Thursday.

“The priority is to consult with the MPs, senate and unions, first over the draft income tax law,” Razzaz said, adding, “We will hold many meetings and by the end of today, we will be able to reach a clear vision of the future.”

Jordan's King Abdallah discusses holy site tensions in Ramallah

KONFRONTASI-Jordan's King Abdallah will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Monday for the first time in five years to discuss tensions at a Jerusalem holy site and wider political developments.

While the two leaders meet fairly frequently in Amman and other regional capitals, Abdallah has not visited Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority, since December 2012.

Pilot dies after warplane crashes in east-central Jordan

KONFRONTASI - A single-engine, supersonic and multirole F-16 fighter jet of the Royal Jordanian Air Force has gone down in the country’s east-central province of Zarqa after take-off during a training mission.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the military aircraft was flying over Azraq town, located 100 kilometers east of the capital Amman, on Monday, when it experienced a technical glitch and crashed.

The slain pilot was later identified as Major Ayed Ahmad al-De'ajah.

Syrian refugees stuck on Jordan border 'have nothing'

KONFRONTASI-Tens of thousands of Syrians refugees, trapped at the border with Jordan, are left without water, food or medical care as humanitarian agencies have been denied access to the border area, aid workers say.

"Around 60,000 people are currently without food, water or healthcare. They have nothing," said Hala Shamlawi, spokesperson at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Jordan's king vows to hit back against attack near Syrian border

KONFRONTASI-Jordan's King Abdullah vowed to hit back "with an iron fist" against attackers who killed six army border guards with a car bomb near the frontier with Syria on Tuesday, a palace statement said.

The explosives-laden vehicle blew up a few hundred meters from a camp for Syrian refugees in a desolate area where the borders of Iraq, Syria and Jordan meet, Jordan's army said. [mr/reuters]

Jordan soldiers killed in Syria border bomb attack

KONFRONTASI-At least six Jordanian soldiers were killed after a car bomb exploded near the country's border with Syria, Jordanian officials said.

The attack early on Tuesday in the al-Rukban district opposite a Syrian refugee camp, which houses about 70,000 people, was part of a coordinated attack involving multiple vehicles.

Officials told Al Jazeera that bombs exploded in the buffer zone between the Jordanian border and the camp in the desolate desert area.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Middle East region must address its democratic deficit rather than focus on retribution

The Abbasid caliphate was the stage for magical tales to fill a thousand and one nights. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) "caliphate" gives us enough horrors to fill a thousand and one frights.

The latest graphic atrocity committed by the Islamist death cult was the apparentburning alive of felled Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh, whose execution reportedly took place in early January.

Jordan expands ISIL air strikes to Iraq targets

KONFRONTASI-Dozens of Jordanian fighter jets have bombed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets, the military said, pledging to keep up the attacks until the armed group is defeated.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told CNN on Friday that the raids now expanded into Iraq. Jordan joined the US-led military alliance against ISIL in September, but up until recently was believed to have only bombed sites in Syria.