World Bulletin / News Desk
Jordan is closely following up the developments in Iraq's Anbar province, where al-Qaida-linked groups took control of some areas bordering Jordan, prime minister Abdullah Ensour said on Tuesday.
"Terrorism is an issue of concern to Jordan," said Ensour, referring to the emergence of some groups inside Iraqi and Syrian territories bordering Jordan.
Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said the country 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 Anbar province was shaken by violence last week after troops evicted a months-old sit-in in the provincial capital Ramadi staged by tribesmen opposed to the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The sit-in dispersal came two days after Sunni lawmaker Ahmed al-Alwani, a prominent anti-Maliki protest organizer, was arrested in a raid on his Ramadi home by Iraqi forces. Six people were killed in the raid, including al-Alwani's brother.
Local tribesmen later expressed their support for local police against Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen who claimed that they had established control over the province's two main cities – Ramadi and Fallujah.
Tribal chieftains, however, rejected the presence of army troops and vowed to fight off any military forces dispatched to the province by Baghdad.Last Mod: 09 Ocak 2014, 15:48