Potential Hot Spots: November 13, 2002

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In Maan, Jordanian police house-to-house searches for suspected terrorists for a fourth day. Although the area was quiet, authorities continued to restrict access to the city and telephone lines were blocked. However, in what government spokesman Mohammad Affash Adwan called "sporadic" shooting, 15 police officers and three suspects had been wounded on the 12th. 

After seizing weapons, chemicals and military uniforms in several raids since the 9th, police discovered a gang member's basement bomb factory on the morning of 13 November. In addition to bomb-making equipment, police seized night-vision goggles. Meanwhile, Abu Sayyaf apparently escaped with at least three of his aides and the group is believed to be hiding in the mountains

Elsewhere in Jordan, small bombs exploded outside three American fast-food restaurants early on the 12th. The three restaurants were closed at the time, so the bombs caused damage but no casualties. - Adam Geibel 

Jordan is the most pro-Iraq nation in the region. This is because the majority of the population are either Palestinian or Iraqi. The Bedouin minority runs the country, and so far has done it well enough to avoid a lot of insurrections. But the resistance to the current government is there, always ready to boil over into widespread violence. 


 

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