Middle East

Jordanian soldier killed in clash at Syrian border

In this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 photo, a Jordanian soldier helps Syrian refugees who have fled violence in their country after having crossed the border into Jordanian territory with their families near the town of Ramtha, Jordan, September 15, 2012. (AP Photo Raad Adayleh)

AMMAN: Jordan says one of its soldiers has been killed at the Syrian border in clashes with armed militants trying to illegally cross into the neighboring country to join rebels fighting Bashar Assad's regime.

He was the first Jordanian soldier killed in violence spilling over from the Syrian civil war.

Information Minister Sameeh Maaytah said the soldier was killed early Monday. Maaytah did not say whether the militants were Jordanians or foreign fighters trying to join the fray in Syria. A number of foreign Islamists are fighting in Syria alongside the rebels.

Jordan's banned Salafi movement - which promotes an ultraconservative brand of Islam - has sent several fighters to Syria in past months and Jordanian border patrols have caught some of them recently.





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