Jordan foils a plan to smuggle weapons “linked to Iran”

Jordan foiled an arms smuggling plot believed to have been led by Iran and aimed at “helping the opposition in the Kingdom of Jordan carry out subversive activities.”

Reuters news agency published this news on Wednesday, May 15, citing two Jordanian sources familiar with this issue.

The two sources told Reuters that the weapons were sent by Iranian-backed militias in Syria to a Muslim Brotherhood cell in Jordan linked to the military wing of the extremist Hamas movement.

Hamas is one of the groups listed on the terrorist list of the United States and the European Union.

This shipment was confiscated when the members of this cell were arrested in late March.

According to these two sources, the detainees are Jordanians of Palestinian origins.

The two Jordanian sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to security concerns, refused to disclose the planned acts of sabotage, citing ongoing investigations and secret operations.

They said that the plan aims to destabilize Jordan.

Jordan hosts a US military base and shares borders with Israel, as well as Syria and Iraq, both of which are home to Iranian-backed militias.

The security official for the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades, Abu Ali Al-Askari, said on Monday, April 1, 2024, in a post on his channel in the “Telegram” application, that “the Islamic resistance in Iraq has prepared its equipment to equip the Islamic resistance in Jordan to meet the needs of 12,000 fighters with light and medium weapons.” And anti-armour launchers, tactical missiles, millions of ammunition, and tons of explosives, so that we can be one hand to defend our Palestinian brothers.”

He added, “We are ready to begin preparations. It is enough for Hamas or Islamic Jihad to do that. Let us begin first by cutting off the land road that reaches the Zionist entity.”

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