Court sentences terrorists to 5 years

Jordan: Accused had ties to Iraqi insurgents; planned to target tourists.

A Jordanian military court sentenced two terror operatives of Palestinian origin to five years in prison for planning terror attacks against tourism sites throughout the kingdom, Israel Radio reported. The two were arrested in the Jordanian capital of Amman at the beginning of the year. Firearms and explosives were found in their possession. Another man, who aided the terrorists and was arrested with them, was sentenced to one year in prison. The accused admitted they had been in contact with Iraqi insurgents and intended to attack tourists from western countries in Aqaba and Amman. The case is the latest conviction on charges of terror in Jordan. On September 11, 2005, on the fourth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on New York, a Jordanian court sentenced twelve convicted terrorists to prison terms ranging from one to three years. The twelve, mostly Jordanians of Palestinian descent, were found guilty of conspiring in 2004 to carry out terror attacks against the Israeli and American embassies in Amman. AP contributed to this report.