Islamic State’s Appeal Presents Jordan With New Test
He had a good job and a loving family, but it wasn’t enough for a 25-year old Jordanian who abandoned his life of privilege in Amman, Jordan, to join the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of neighboring Iraq and Syria. Handsome, courteous, and highly regarded in his profession as a radiologist, the man, whose name has been withheld for security reasons, disappeared in early August after the Muslim Eid holiday. He did not tell his family where he was going. A relative said he later called his parents from an undisclosed location to say he had “forsaken his life for the glory of Islam.” Diplomats and officials say that in recent weeks, the Jordanian intelligence services have tightened security around sensitive government areas, stepped up surveillance of Islamist fundamentalists, and arrested activists seen as a threat. At least a dozen people have been arrested for expressing support for Islamic State on social media.
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