Jordan charges eight over terror plots, recruiting for Hezbollah

Riot police stand guard near the Israeli embassy in Amman July 31, 2014.

Riot police stand guard near the Israeli embassy in Amman July 31, 2014.

Jordanian military prosecutors on Monday charged eight suspects, including a Syrian fugitive, with plotting to attack U.S. soldiers and Israel’s embassy in the kingdom and recruiting people to join Hezbollah.

“State security court prosecutors accused the eight men with plotting to carry out terrorist acts, including attacks against U.S. soldiers in 2006 and the Israeli embassy in Amman,” a court official told AFP.

“The suspects, seven Jordanians and a Syrian fugitive, also recruited people to join [Lebanon’s Shiite militant movement] Hezbollah,” he said, adding that the group was arrested in May last year.

The official gave no further details but said the suspects face life imprisonment if convicted.

Jordan is home to around 600,000 Syrian refugees.

In May, the military tribunal handed jail terms of between four and 20 years to 11 people it convicted of plotting to attack the US embassy for Al-Qaeda in 2012.

 
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