In this picture taken on Sunday, April 26, 2015, members of the Jordanian security forces stand guard at the Nasib border crossing in the town of Jaber, 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 Islamic 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.A month ago, Jordan closed its only working border crossing with Syria after rebels fighting President Bashar Assad captured the Syrian side of the border point from pro-Assad forces.However, fighting in Syria and Iraq badly hurt sales and the rebel takeover accelerated al-Abadi's plans, hatched before the closure of the crossing, to leave the zone.Before the Islamic State land grabs last June, about 700 truckers ferried cargo between Jordan and Iraq, Daoud said.
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