ATbar The Jordanian policy on Foreign Terrorist Fighters F.T.F.

The Jordanian policy on Foreign Terrorist Fighters F.T.F.

18/09/2019 | by Amro, Rateb (Dr. Col. Ret.)  

Jordan’s challenges and opportunities:

1 - We in Jordan stand today before grave challenges to the fate of our country people, and our region.

2 - Jordan has long been thought of, as an island of stability in a volatile region. However, the country suffers from enduring (and potentially explosive) political, economic and social tensions.

 3- It is a tall order, and for some it may appear impossible to achieve, but the price of failing to do nothing or little is dangerous.


Risks of new global trends of terrorism:

1 - The risk of a new wave of global terrorism could soon increase, as ISIS is looking to regenerate following defeat in Syria and Iraq. The current dynamics in Syria actually favor the group to restart its activities. In the north of the country as the battle of Idlib continues.

 2- The more terrorists and criminal groups work together, the more dangerous the threat, and the more difficult it is to address.

3 - The current situation in Idlib, Libya and across the region should be considered in this context, as while they may seem minimal now, they could lead to increased instability across the region and the world.

4 - The security challenges are not limited to one region or one criminal group. These are multiple groups across the globe dealing in drugs, tobacco, weapons, human trafficking, money and other logistics for terrorists.

The risks of regional criminality, terrorism and extremism:

1 - Thecriminal activities have created various challenges for security services across the region, especially given that local criminal groups have been given the opportunity,to increase their activities by connecting to international criminal networks.

 - 2As such, the region is seeing a radical increase in the sophistication of crime, and security forces are facing a new wave of criminal techniques, that have not been seen before in the region.

 - 3This development requires security forces in the region, to understand global criminal trends and increase their connections, with global crime fighting rather than just intelligence and anti-terrorism forces.

 - 4While the focus has been on the threat of terrorism, the new wave of criminal networks cannot be separated from the terrorists, in fact they can be used to track the terrorists, but require better integration with global policing, and crime tracking in order to understand the networks.

 - 5This requires greater cooperation between security services in the region and across the world.

Jordan’s policy on Foreign Terrorist Fighters F.T.F.:

1 - Since terrorism poses a greater threat to civilians, who make up the majority of its victims. We must work together and with the world, to counter this danger through a holistic approach.

2 - We hope that the recent talks will bring about a breakthrough in the Syrian crisis, as it enters its 8th year, to launch an inclusive political process that involves all components of the Syrian people, maintains the territorial integrity of Syria, and guarantees the safety of its citizens, and the return of refugees.

3 - We reaffirm our support to the Iraqi government in its fight against terrorism, paving the way for an inclusive, comprehensive political process that safeguards the rights of all, and establishes for a united and stable Iraq.

4 - We express our support for efforts to restore stability and security in Yemen, and Libya in order to build a bright future for their people.

5 - To that end, we must take the initiative and put forward ground-breaking solutions to challenges, in order to prevent foreign interference in our affairs.

6 - The response to this terrorist threat must also reflect the fact that, like Islamist groups extremism, violent white Extremistsare organizing across borders, becoming closely connected and eager to amplify one another’s messages.

What Is Needed?

1 - The threat of terrorism and extremism, which has set out to tarnish the image of our religion and the other respected religions , and hijack the future of young people, It is therefore our duty to protect them from radical ideological beliefs.

2 - The world, especially this region, cannot afford to let a new wave of religious militancy emerge.

3 - The level of destruction that ISIS has caused in both Iraq and Syria, goes beyond the massive loss of life, and the destruction of cities and national treasures.

4 - It had dealt a heavy blow to the diverse ethnic, cultural and religious fabric of the region; a disaster which will take us decades to recover from.

5 - Since our region had become a battleground for religious militancy, and civilians had been its main victims, so it is enough, and the dark chapter of ISIS and Al Qaeda must be closed forever.

6 - While Europe must rise to the challenge and face its responsibility,  by reclaiming thousands of foreign fighters being held in Syria and Iraq, the international community as a whole must focus its efforts on bringing stability to countries,  where civil wars and ethnic and sectarian tensions provide a fertile ground for extremist groups. These include Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen.

7 - It is a tall order, and for some it may appear impossible to achieve. But the price of failing to do nothing or little, is hefty.

8 - The challenge for our leaders, is to make sure that our youth is exposed to the values of tolerance, plurality of ideas and diversity.

9 - There can be no peace nor stability in the region, without a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause, the core issue of the Middle East, based on the two-state solution.

10 - In the final analysis, no form of violence targeting innocent people, should be justified or tolerated regardless of the skin, color, religion or identity of the criminal person or group.