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Fighter pilot laid to rest in military funeral

[8/27/2018 10:05:47 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Helicopter pilot First Lt. Ahmed Ali Mohammad Khleif al-Khawaldeh, who died during a military training trip to the US state of Texas on Tuesday, was buried on Monday in his hometown in Mafraq Governorate. The fighter pilot received a military funeral by the Jordan Armed Forces- Arab Army General Command, where Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat, the Minister of Interior and heads of security agencies joined officers of the armed forces and security agencies, officials and local mourners. The coffin of Khawaldeh, draped in the Jordanian flag, was carried by comrade officers to the cemetery in the town of Bal'ama after midday prayers in the town's mosque, as a brass band played sombre tunes. The Chief of Staff, the interior minister and top security officers placed wreaths of flowers on the tomb of the martyr. The armed forces mourned the martyr soldier and extended its condolences to his family.

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[8/11/2018 6:13:08 AM]


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Sarkis and Alhuri on the southern theater

[7/25/2018 3:12:08 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Sarkis and Alhuri on the southern theater.

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Jordanian Unions Strike Against Income Tax Law in Jordan

[5/30/2018 7:33:34 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Jordan Medical Association (JMA) has called on all its members to hold a work stoppage all day on Wednesday and to “only treat emergency cases”. The JMA members in the public and private hospitals were asked to leave their offices and gather in the medical facilities yards’ while doctors in outpatient clinics were required to postpone their appointments and close their clinics, Hisham Fitiani, a member of the JMA’s team to follow up on the association’s strike, told The Jordan Times. “The association said all medical staff working in emergency rooms and operation rooms are excluded from taking part in the strike,” he stressed, noting that “all members of the association are obliged by law to take part in the strike and hold a work stoppage all Wednesday.” Teachers will join the strike across the Kingdom, but parents should still send their children to schools for the final exams of the current scholastic semester, Jordan Teachers Association spokesperson Ahmad Hajaya told The Jordan Times on Tuesday. “We will effectively take part in the strike, but this will not affect the students as, currently, there are final exams, so we want to assure parents that there will be no change in plans for exams. They should send their children for the exams...Our objective is not to harm students or the society but to deliver a strong message to the government that we are rejecting this law,” said Hajaya, in the name of the 140,000-member association. “We reject the draft law and want to deliver a message in a civilised manner,” he stated. Pharmacists will also take part in the strike, the Jordan Pharmacists Association said in a statement sent to the Jordan Times on Tuesday. The strike includes closing pharmacies from 9:00am until 2:00pm while workers are to hold a work stoppage during the same time. The association urged pharmacists to take part in the main gathering planned at the professional associations. Meanwhile, the Jordanian Construction Contractors Association will rally the strike, according to a statement issued on Tuesday. The Jordan Bar Association (JBA) said Tuesday its lawyers will hold a work stoppage in protest of the law. “Lawyers are urged not to work on Wednesday in rejection of the income tax draft law, which will increase burden on all Jordanians,” the JBA said in a statement published on its website on Tuesday. The Jordan Press Association on Tuesday issued instructions for its members on how to join the strike, noting that they are to hold a work stoppage from 10:00am until 3:00pm, with members in all media outlets urged to join the strike and cover its activities. The Foodstuff Traders Association also urged its members to hold a strike from 9:00am until 2:00pm, while the ICT Association of Jordan int@j asked its members and workers in the sector to join the movement. Members and representatives of more than 33 associations, unions and societies will take part in the strike on Wednesday including the Garment Traders Association and the Jordan Engineers Associations.

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King inaugurates SOFEX 2018 arms fair

[5/8/2018 7:34:52 AM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II Tuesday inaugurated the 2018 Special Operations Forces Exhibition SOFEX on its twelfth edition, which focuses on defence industries and national security. Upon arriving at the King Abdullah I Air Base in Amman for the opening ceremony, the Supreme Commander, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Hussein, was received by HRH Prince Faisal Ibn Al Hussein and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat. His Majesty was also greeted by a guard of honour as a military band played the national anthem. "It is of great pride that SOFEX remains an effective platform for special operations and national security, which proves itself as a standard for evaluating international events", said SOFEX director Amer Al Tabaa. "Defence and security are two vital issues for all world nations, and thus we spare no effort to ensure our armed forces are equipped with cutting-edge technology", added Al Tabaa. This fair, he pointed out, comes to provide a distinguished hub to impart knowledge and keep pace with challenges and rapid events. The niche four-day event brings together more than 350 companies of all sizes from 35 Arab and foreign countries to showcase their state-of-the-art innovations. Further, King Abdullah and the Crown Prince watched an exercise of paratrooper landings and cordoning off an area, which was carried out by the Rapid Response Unit with backing from F-16 fighter jets to simulate an evacuation of hostages from a terrorist group. Royal Jordanian Air Force aircraft carrying the flags of the Jordanian army and SOFEX hovered above the area. Also, the King and the Crown Prince toured the fair, which comprised local, regional and international companies, and listened to a briefing by representatives on their industries. They also stopped at Jordan's pavilion at the exhibition, which showcases weapons and sophisticated equipment used in various defence and rescue operations. His Majesty and the Crown Prince also toured the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) and were briefed on machinery manufactured by the bureau, as well as research projects which KADDB implements jointly with universities. They also toured the pavilions of key local and international companies and checked first-hand on their products in the field of manufacturing industrial equipment. SOFEX is considered one of the top international defense exhibitions, and attracts delegations headed by Ministers of Defence, Chiefs of Staff and Special Operations Commanders from all corners of the globe. Convened biennially at the King Abdullah I Airbase in Amman, the fair provides an opportunity for defense industry members around the globe to engage in discussions with high ranking military officials, network with visiting foreign delegations and showcase the technologies and solutions that will maintain the security and safety of citizens around the world.

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Eager Lion 2018 joint drill kicks off

[4/15/2018 2:30:06 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Jordan Armed Forces- Arab Army (JAF) kicked off the Eager Lion 2018 joint drill with the US side that lasts until April 26. In a joint press conference on Sunday at King Abdullah II Group- Special Forces, with Maj. Gen. Jon K. Mott, Director of Exercises and Training, U.S. Central Command, the drill's spokesperson, Brigadier Gen. Mohammed Al-Thlaji, said the exercise is carried out for the eighth consecutive time with the participation of land, sea and air forces of about 7,000 troops, representing the Jordanian and American forces. On its goals, Al-Thlaji added this year's exercise aims at improving operational alignment between the Jordanian armed forces and the US military, training in counterterrorism, border security and humanitarian operations, crisis management, strategic communications and future planning. On a related context, he pointed out the exercise also eyes training in search, rescue, and joint logistics operations and other goals that are in line with the armed forces' strategy to develop their operational, training and humanitarian capabilities. In turn, Gen. Mott said the current exercise will provide the basic skills maneuvers for the first time to achieve professionalism for the ground forces in the field of joint operational readiness during the pre-implementation stage. Gen. Mott noted around 3,500 American troops are taking part in the drill, which is a part of the US-Jordanian strategic partnership, and will help boost preparedness of the two countries' armies. "This is a golden opportunity to tackle specific threats to regional security at the operational level," he underlined, spurring participants to develop new ideas and scenarios "that improve our ability to think and act faster than our strongest opponents".

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King attends ceremony to mark 50th anniversary of the Karamah Battle

[3/18/2018 3:58:30 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF), on Sunday attended a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the Karamah Battle at the southern Shuna district in the Jordan Valley. Upon arrival, His Majesty was received with a military reception that included a 21-gun salute and reviewed the guard of honour in the presence of Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The King was also received at the site by several Royal Family members, senior officials and officers, as well as former high-ranking military and security personnel. His Majesty recited verses from the Holy Quran and reviewed the names of the martyrs inscribed on the memorial as well as formations and units that fought in the 1968 battle. Mufti of the Jordan Armed Forces, Majed Darawsheh, supplicated God the Almighty to rest souls of the Karamah Battle's martyrs in peace. In his speech, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Training, Gen. Misleh Tarawneh, spoke about Jordanian soldiers' sacrifices and heroism to defend the homeland. At this site, we remember martyrs, their bravery, and their steadfastness to achieve a victory and to restore to the nation its glory and dignity, he said. Jordan, he affirmed, will never capitulate its principles, its identity, and its message whatever the circumstances or the challenges are, and will remain an invincible fortress, which has paid a hefty price in defending this policy politically, socially and economically. Jordan's stability and security, he vowed, are our top priority and will never let anyone under any pretext to tamper with and challenges triggered by our neighborhood needs our solidarity to thwart enemies' schemes. Later, the King saw an audio-visual documentary on the battle's playground, operations, and tactics, until the Army achieved an all-out victory on the Israeli aggression. The King toured the Karamah museum, a facility built the Arab Army, to commemorate the battle's ammunitions and maneuvers and showcases photos on the JAF's heroism.

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