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Salafist control of border crossing embarrasses Jordan

February 5, 2014 at 9:56 am

Retired Egyptian Brigadier General Safwat Al-Zayyat said on Wednesday that Islamist control of the borders between Syria and Jordan embarrasses the Jordanian government.

The military expert, who often appears on Al-Jazeera, suggested that the current position of the Salafist Al-Nusra Front, which is fighting against the regime in Syria, is an “embarrassment for the Jordanian government”.

Therefore, Al-Zayyat expects that the Al-Nusra Front will concede control over the crossing to the Free Syrian Army, a solution that is more acceptable to the Jordanians.

There are many ideological differences between the Jordanian government and the Al-Nusra Front. The Jordanian government and other regional and international governments accuse the Front of being affiliated to Al-Qaeda.