Jordan. Authorities during the year conducted an intense
hunt for people suspected of having links to the Islamist
terror network al-Qaeda and to Jordanian rebel leader Abu
Musab az-Zarqawi, who were accused of being behind much of
the violence in Iraq.
In March, security forces attacked a group of militant
Islamists who were allegedly planning to use chemical
weapons to attack government buildings and the US embassy in
Amman. Six people were arrested and four were killed when
they refused to surrender to the security forces. Later in
the year, a few more people were arrested on suspicion of
having participated in the conspiracy.
CountryAAH, the total population in Jordan is 10,203,145 people in 2020.
Eight people were sentenced April 6 to death for
involvement in the murder of an American diplomat in Amman
in 2002. Six of them, among them az-Zarqawi, were sentenced
in their absence. A further twelve people were later
sentenced to a prison sentence of between 3 and 15 years
later for planning or carrying out terror attacks. Several
of these were also convicted in their absence, among them
Iraqi Kurdish resident Mulla Krekar, who received 15 years
In November, King Abdullah withdrew his half-brother
Hamza's crown prince title. The reason was, the king said,
that he wanted to give the half-brother "greater freedom of
In January, Iraq's Governing Council terminated the
agreement under which Iraq had provided J. for 13 years with
all of its oil imports, half as a gift from Saddam Hussein's
regime and half at a discounted price. The deal was reported
to be worth over $ 200 million a year.