Jordan at the Center of War on Terror

Jordan at the Center of War on Terror

Proving for the second time in the past month that Jordan is at the center of the war on terror, a roadside bomb detonated Thursday near a convoy of cars carrying three Israeli diplomats and two other embassy staff, on their way from Amman to Israel for the weekend.

None of the passengers were injured when the bomb exploded on the highway, halfway between the Jordanian capital and the King Hussein-Allenby Bridge, which links Jordan to the West Bank town of Jericho. The explosion, which occurred around 4:45 p.m., caused damage to one of the two cars carrying the diplomats, but they were able to continue their trip. The explosive device appears to have been detonated remotely. Jordanian fire engines, ambulances, and security forces rushed to the scene within minutes.

With Jordan and the CIA united in the bungling of Balawi’s case, the role Jordan will play in the fight against terrorism going forward remains to be seen.

According to Agence France-Presse, the attack targeted the car of the Israeli ambassador, but official Israeli and Jordanian sources rejected the report, saying Ambassador Daniel Nevo was nowhere near the scene of the bombing. An Israeli journalist contacted by The Daily Beast said she personally spoke to the ambassador and that he was safe.

Jordanian officials said the government ordered an immediate investigation into the attack, but would not speculate about who was behind it. Local Jordanian media reports said former Israeli ambassador to Jordan Yaakov Rosen may have been in the convoy.

What’s clear is that by allying itself strongly with Israel and the United States—and ever more publicly—Jordan has opened itself up to more terrorist attacks within its borders. The Thursday attack followed the Dec. 30 suicide bombing in Afghanistan that killed seven CIA officers and a Jordanian intelligence officer at a CIA base. The bomber was identified as Jordanian double agent Humam Khalil al-Balawi. The Jordanian victim was Sharif Ali Bin Zaid, a relative of Jordan’s King Abdullah II and a liaison between the CIA and Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate.

Balawi, the bomber, had been a well-known propagandist for al Qaeda for years when he was captured by Jordan’s spy agency in 2008, before he was supposedly recruited and sent to penetrate al Qaeda’s network in Pakistan. Instead, he became loyal to Pakistan’s Taliban, which sent him as a double agent to carry out the attack at the CIA base.

With Jordan and the CIA united in the bungling of Balawi’s case, the role Jordan will play in the fight against terrorism going forward remains to be seen. In 1994, it became the second largest Arab country, after Egypt, to sign a peace treaty with Israel, and Jordan has been the biggest foreign contributor to the U.S.-led counterterrorism effort in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The kingdom’s intelligence service is credited with providing information that led to the killing of al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in 2006, seven months after Zarqawi’s group bombed three hotels in Jordan, killing nearly 200 people.

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