US-funded counterterrorism training center opens in Jordan

The Jordan Gendarmerie Training Academy is the second such facility in the kingdom. It opened on Thursday. (AP)
Updated 23 March 2018
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US-funded counterterrorism training center opens in Jordan

AL-SWAQA, Jordan: A US-funded counterterrorism center has opened in Jordan where law enforcement officers from partner countries in the Middle East and beyond can practice shooting, storming hideouts and responding to bomb threats.
The Jordan Gendarmerie Training Academy is the second such facility in the pro-Western kingdom. It opened on Thursday.
Paul Davies, director for the State Department’s Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance, says that additional training centers are to be built, including in Senegal and Kenya.
He says 21 partner nations out of a pool of 56 have trained so far in Jordan’s first facility.
Earlier this week, Tunisian police officers practiced storming rooms in a “shoot house” in the new center.
They threw sound grenades, setting off loud booms, as visitors watched the drills from a gallery above.


Yemen Houthi political leader killed in coalition raid: rebels

Updated 31 min 7 sec ago
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Yemen Houthi political leader killed in coalition raid: rebels

JEDDAH: The political leader of Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Saleh Al-Sammad, was killed last week in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition, the Iran-allied rebels said on Monday.
Sammad, head of the Houthi’s supreme political council, was “martyred” in the eastern province of Hodeidah on Thursday, the rebels said in a statement published on the Houthi-run Saba news agency.

He was No. 2 on the Saudi-led coalition’s most-wanted list, after leader Abdel Malek Al-Houthi.

The coalition had previously offered $20 million reward for any information that led to his arrest.