In this picture taken on Sunday, April 26, 2015, security forces drive alongside Jordanian trailer trucks at Jaber border crossing between Jordan and Syria north of Mafraq, Jordan.(AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
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Jordan's overland trade has largely been paralyzed by recent border attacks from insurgents in neighboring Syria and Iraq – a spillover of regional turmoil threatening a close Western ally that has thus far succeeded in fending off Islamist militants.The violence has forced the closure of the only Syria-Jordan trade crossing and further disrupted already sharply diminished cargo shipments between Jordan and Iraq. The border disruptions are the latest setback for Jordan since the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 – and particularly since ISIS militants seized large areas of Syria and Iraq last year.However, fighting in Syria and Iraq badly hurt sales and the rebel takeover accelerated Abadi's plans, hatched before the closure of the crossing, to leave the zone.Before ISIS land grabs last June, about 700 truckers ferried cargo between Jordan and Iraq, Daoud said.Earlier this year, the Jordanian government barred Jordanian truckers from entering Iraq because of the growing danger, requiring them instead to load their cargo onto Iraqi trucks at the Trebil border crossing, the Trade Ministry said.
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