Jordan declares Syria border 'military zone' after bombing

Jordan's King Abdullah II (C) listens to his Military Advisor and Chairman of the Joint Chief-of-Staff General Mishal Al Zaben (C-R) talking during an emergency meeting in the capital Amman after a car bomb on June 21, 2016Jordan declared the desert border regions with Syria and Iraq “military zones” barred to civilians after a suicide bomber killed six Jordanian soldiers near the Syrian frontier on Tuesday. King Abdullah II vowed to hit back with an “iron fist” after meeting top civilian and military officials to discuss the attack in an area where thousands of Syrian refugees are stranded. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Jordan is part of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, and has been targeted by IS jihadists before.

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