Jordan attacks planned by Al-Qaeda

By Ashley Randazzo
November 18, 2005

Shane Evans

The human explosives that detonated on three Jordan hotels were all involved in the terror group Al-Qaeda. Federal agencies are now wondering where Al-Qaeda’s terror will spread to next.

Three out of the original four suicide bombers carried out the attacks on the Radisson, The Grand Hyatt, and The Days Inn hotels. Three of the attackers that died were male, and one female, who failed to have her bomb detonate.

Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, the wife of one of the dead bombers, and sister to one original leader of Al-Qaeda, lives to tell the story of her failure to carry out her part of the suicide attacks.

According to BBC News, al-Rishawi said the plan of attack was organized by her husband, “In Jordan we rented a flat. He had two explosive belts. He put one on me and he wore one himself and showed me how to use it. He said we are attacking hotels in Jordan.”

Jordan was considered one of the safest countries in the Middle East. All three hotels had very little security in the hotel before the explosions. King Abdullah II leads the absolute monarch.

Before any incident, he put in a good effort to strengthen relations between countries westward. In a security meeting, the king said “the war against terrorists must strike all those who justify… their actions or support their destructive beliefs.”

Confidence in security has lessened greatly since this incident and many are unsure about what the next step is for protection. Once Jordan was considered one of the safest countries in the Middle East, these attacks have left their government baffled. BBC News reports on how Jordan is now left to pick up the pieces that have fallen, “.they will undoubtedly re-examine domestic and foreign policies to see if they might be amended to enable the country to remain a rare and valued safe haven in the Middle East.”

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