Islamic sources said Al Qaida supporters first began to organize
demonstrations in March 2011, which have included Palestinians and Bedouins, Middle East Newsline reported.
So far, five Salafist protests took place as Jordanian intelligence arrested
"The storm of military jihad is coming from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran,
Iraq and Yemen," Mohammed Al Khatib, a Salafist cleric, said. "It will
definitely go through Jordan, unless you correct the situation and implement
So far, the leader of the opposition movement was identified as being part of the
Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, the Islamic Action Front. IAF has been
organizing massive weekly demonstrations in calls for democratic reforms,
including the reduction of the king's power.
Al Qaida was said to have established a presence in Irbid as well as in
Palestinian refugee camps throughout the kingdom. Supporters have also
called for the release of detainees of the movement, including such figures
Nasser Khamysa, Abdul Latif Abu Omar and Furas Al Nalawi.
On April 12, Salafist leader Abed Shehada Al Tahawi said four members
had been released from prison during the previous night. He said the
government caved in to threats by the pro-Al Qaida movement to hold a
protest near the Interior Ministry.
"The government knows that we mean business and that we do not get
intimidated by security forces," Al Tahawi said. "When our four brothers
were released, we canceled the planned protest."
Al Tahawi has warned Jordanian intelligence and security services of an
Islamic backlash similar to that in Egypt and Yemen. He said the Salafists,
300 of whom have been detained in Jordan, would avenge any operation by the
security forces. Other movement leaders raised the prospect of suicide
"Any action will result in a similar response," Al Tahawi said. "All
options are open."