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Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood has formally split after 70 years – a breakup blamed on long-running ideological disputes, but also on a government attempt to further weaken what was once the country's main opposition group.In Jordan, some warned that the government's apparent divide-and-control policy could backfire by pushing more Brotherhood supporters into the ranks of extremists like the ISIS group, seen as the main threat to the country's stability.The larger Brotherhood faction, still loyal to the regional movement, alleged the government engineered the division to weaken the group.Jordan's government has declined to address the allegation.It's not clear if Jordan's authorities eventually will outlaw the original movement, which is deeply rooted in Jordanian society through its social outreach and welfare system.The hawks criticize government policies more openly, particularly Jordan's peace treaty with Israel, embrace Hamas and see the Brotherhood as a transnational movement.Some warn the government crackdown could radicalize Brotherhood supporters and help swell the ranks of ISIS.Others say the Brotherhood is responsible for losing supporters.
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