Jordan closes borders with Syria, Iraq amid growing ISIS threat
Jordan closed its borders with Iraq and Syria on Tuesday and declared them as military areas that civilians are not allowed to enter.
DEBKAfile: The announcement means that refugees from Syria and Iraq will no longer be granted entry. The Jordanian security forces took the step after an emergency meeting of the country's senior security and intelligence officials, headed by King Abdullah, on the car bombing earlier in the day. At least six Jordanian border guards were killed and 14 wounded in the attack by a follower of ISIS at a refugee camp on the Syrian border. DEBKAfile's intelligence and counterterrorism sources said that it was reported during the meeting that the bomb was built in Jordanian territory, and that the terrorist who drove the car was a citizen. In other words, the attack was not from abroad.
Our sources add that the car bombing was the second terrorist attack by ISIS during Ramadan against a Jordanian target, following the assault on the headquarters of the country's intelligence agency in Ain el-Basha two weeks ago in which five intelligence officers were killed.