Ambassador Denies Saudi Collusion With Plotters of Lebanon’s Dismemberment

[It seems that a little Lebanese news site has reported something that has ruffled Saudi feathers.  The following denial by the Saudis in Lebanon’s biggest news site (Daily Star) led me to the real story in little SLABNEWS in Lebanon (BELOW).  Basically, the news guy in the article got a royal ream-out for reportedly linked the royals to Israel’s plot to dismember Arab states into ethno-religious divisions, a.k.a., the plot for “Greater Middle East.“]

Embassy: Riyadh stands against terror

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Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri says the two countries are linked with deep historical bonds. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Riyadh stands at the forefront of those facing the global threat of terrorism, the Saudi Embassy in Beirut said Monday, while dismissing recent criticism of the kingdom as “an affront to truth.”

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia suffers first and foremost from terrorism and has contributed to the field of counter-terrorism,” the statement said, “winning praise and appreciation from the international community, which pays tribute to the approach of moderation and wisdom pursued by the kingdom.”

The statement was widely seen as a reaction to Lebanese journalist Ghassan Jawad, of slabnews.com, who called for visa restrictions against Arab Gulf tourists and accused them of having a “desert” and “Bedouin” mentality during an appearance on OTV’s “Think Twice” over the weekend.

Without naming any specific detractors, the embassy lashed out at accusations that the kingdom was responsible for terrorism, including a bombing at the Deroy Hotel in Beirut where a Saudi national blew himself up during a raid by security forces.

“The embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has become used to ignoring this type of nonsense and those who publish it, knowing that the writer is backed by parties who wish the Arabs and this region ill,” the statement said, without naming Jawad. “In fact, he is throwing himself into something he does not understand, and has allowed himself to wade into internal strife and turn his pen into a tool of [division] among the Islamic nation.”

The statement also attacked Jawad personally, accusing “the writer” of “contradictory loyalties” and implying that no one should believe him.

“The embassy would like to clarify to the entire Lebanese public that the information published by this writer and his ilk is misleading and an affront to truth. He knows the sources of terrorism but he turns a blind eye to them.”

The statement then said the writer speaks only for himself and “certain sides” who would spoil relations between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, and praised Lebanese mainstream media for its professionalism.

America and Saudi Arabia and their allies to seek a new political geography

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In the meeting between Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and French President Francois Hollande during the latter’s visit to Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah put two things: first, how to provide military and logistical support to the Syrian opposition. II: How to take advantage of the cluster of human (IDPs) that came out from Syria to Lebanon and Jordan, which is predominantly Great as described by the Sunni community, and how to turn it into a pressure group to be used against the Syrian regime.

French President responded the possibility of the establishment of an international relief, especially those on the pattern of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, but King Abdullah took the initiative to illustrate the idea that what was said by the French president is not the meaning of his words, but required that the process of coordination between these displaced persons to their use in politics. Not matter issue amounts of milk, blankets, rice and canned goods that can Kingdom secured individually and without the United Nations if it wanted, but needed to work on coordination between these Sunni bloc and blocks other Sunni in Anbar Iraq and Deir al-Zour and some tribes in Iraq, Syria and Jordan, to form a Sunni bloc and one stretching from Iraq to Syria, Jordan, in coordination with the displaced people and the rest of the ingredients clan in the three countries, Abizaid said: I do not mind a state of the Shiites in southern Iraq.

The Project for the New Middle East

Here, initiated by the French president asking if this proposal was intended amendments to the Sykes-Picot map and play up to states. In a private meeting that was held between a number of princes and counselors French President, raised the issue of a new but clearly, strong statehood Sunni start of Iraq’s western Anbar, an extension to Syria through to Iraq so that they form this state categorically between Tehran and Damascus, and managed to keep what they called the “Shiite Crescent”, and reshaping the political geography of the region starting from Iraq.

Shocked the French president’s advisers of this proposal and submitting it to the President promised during the return trip. In Plane View advisers what they heard from Saudi princes to the French president, who answered that a project like the U.S. can not afford it, let alone Baloctav heavily French economic and political problems, and others. But reported the incident to say that the idea of ​​dividing Iraq and Syria into small sectarian and sectarian but is the idea inspire Saudi Arabia, working on a long time, equates with the American project of the Zionist for the region, which was considered a center of studies and research the U.S. since he took the neo-conservatives of governance in the United States.

After the defeat awful suffered by Saudi Arabia and the United States and the Allies, led by Qatar and Turkey in Syria after the great successes achieved by the Syrian Arab army on the ground, and the landslide victory of President al-Assad in the presidential election, especially after it was discovered the impossibility of the use of mass human “Sunni” that occur by the King of Saudi Arabia to the French president, and as demonstrated by the election that their allegiance to the Syrian state and the head of the lion is dropped chances to use, remove the Americans and their allies the Saudis Plan B. Judge to destroy Iraq and divide a remedy to their deaths accomplished in Syria, according to the strategy of terrorism agreed with Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Allies.

According to the information that the understandings got months ago when there were signs of failure in Syria under the auspices of the United States of Saudi Arabia on the one hand, Qatar and Turkey on the other hand, despite the differences between them on the subject of the Muslim Brotherhood, has been prepared for the aggression that took place on the connector tightly, engaged the Americans Massoud Barzani lures him away control Kirkuk, the dream of Barzani in the Kurdish annexation to Dwylth under incorporation in the Kurdistan region, a region disputed with al-Maliki. The visit of the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani, the son to Turkey in the framework of this format where regain Turkey if separated the Kurdish region, the opportunity to lay hands on the historic dream of Mosul.

In contrast, the Saudi Arabia in coordination with Daash and Izzat al-Duri, who move between Riyadh and Erbil to coordinate with groups Naqshbandi and “Fedayeen Saddam” and some members of the former Iraqi army, and perhaps the role of American advisers three hundred who arrived in Baghdad is to coordinate the division less expensive than the violence and the blood that can Ihrja America.

The project aims at Saudi American Turkish Qatar to hit the birds several birds with one stone, one hand, it lays the foundation for the disintegration of Iraq and divide it into three states as planned U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, and there is information says the involvement of Benjamin Netanyahu and Bernard Lewis and Douglas Feith, the owner of the theory of creative chaos. US-Saudi project responds to the Turkish national dream Barzani in the completion of the elements of his state, and he expressed that a statement about what happened in Kirkuk, and control of the peshmerga as the application of Article 140 of the Constitution, declaring that he can not back it up if necessary to bring all Kurdish forces, and that the patience of ten years to reach it. It was also considered that what happened is the application of Article 140 of the Constitution, and ended up, Saleh al-Mutlaq also calling for the establishment of a Sunni region whose capital is Mosul.

In addition to the division of Iraq, the victory Daash provided opportunities for the transfer of heavy weapons to Syria, which was done under the auspices and supervision of the U.S. and Turkey to try to breach the balance of power and the threat of a new regime and President Assad. British sources say that Saudi Arabia paid so far since the start of the Syrian crisis to date amount to $ 56 billion, and that Qatar paid a total of $ 32 billion, and contributed to the United States with weapons and equipment with a value of two and a half billion dollars.

For the sake of it, regained the King of Saudi Arabia King terrorism Bandar bin Sultan, and appointed as his adviser for the latter under the auspices of the project terrorist in Iraq after it failed in Syria, as an expert in terrorist organizations and has ties to deep and its own, and as one of the founders and Raiaha ranging from Afghanistan against the Soviets in coordination with the CIA, and access to all its branches in the region, will succeed Bandar bin Sultan in Iraq, including failure in Syria?

Iran, Qatar Vow To Work Together Against ‘Terror’

Iran, Qatar to Cooperate against ‘Terror’

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The leaders of Shiite Iran and Sunni Qatar vowed Sunday to cooperate to fight “terrorism in the region,” President Hassan Rouhani’s office reported as Iraqi forces counter a militant onslaught.

The pledge to play a “constructive role to establish security and stability” came in a phone call between Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Rouhani, a statement from the Iranian president’s office said.

Rouhani said that in order to defeat “the hurdle of terrorism and extremism all Muslims should come hand in hand and cooperate,” it said.

Iran is ready, he said, to do just that and “fight security problems and instability in the region” that benefit only “Zionists and the enemies of the Muslim world.”

He did not elaborate.

Predominantly Shiite Iran has vowed to support ally Baghdad against the Sunni insurgency led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), whose fighters have overrun swathes of five Iraqi provinces since launching an offensive in early June.

Iranian leaders insist the Iraq crisis is not sectarian but a fight against terrorism. Iranian media, however, have accused Qatar and Saudi Arabia of supporting the jihadist Sunni fighters.

Without naming anyone, Rouhani himself warned on June 22 that Muslim states which funnel petrodollars to “these savage terrorists” of ISIL would become their next target.

Sunday’s statement said the Qatari emir noted “the necessity for cooperation between Muslim nations to prevent the further spread of (the Iraqi) crisis in the region.”

“We should all cooperate together against terrorism in the region because the current crisis is very dangerous,” he said.

Qatar’s emir and Iran’s president spoke as thousands of Iraqi troops counter-attacked against the militant-held city of Tikrit.

Obama Playing Checkers While Putin Plays Chess

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Checkers Versus Chess

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For quite some time, we have been predicting that the Russians and Chinese will, at some point, bring an end to the petrodollar system that has virtually guaranteed the US the position of having its currency be the world’s default currency. This position has allowed the US, in recent decades, to go on a borrowing and currency-printing spree, the likes of which the world has never seen.

First, a Little History

It’s important that we back up a bit here to have a look at how this came about in the first instance.

In 1971, the US government, under Richard Nixon, took the US off the gold standard. This meant that, from that point on, the dollar was backed by nothing. However, as long as the dollar was accepted as legitimate currency (even though it was now mere paper), not only could the game continue as before, but the US would then be free to print as much “currency” as it wished. It would also be free to borrow as much as it wished, thereby building as large an economic house of cards as it wished.

Of course, the foolhardiness of this decision would not be immediately clear to all and sundry. It would take some time before the chickens would come home to roost.

Enter the Petrodollar

Back in 1971, it was necessary to assure that the dollar would retain its position in world trade as the world’s premiere currency, in spite of the fact that it was no longer backed by anything. The US reached an agreement with Saudi Arabia that, in trade for arms and protection, the Saudis would denominate all future oil sales, worldwide, in dollars. The other OPEC countries fell into line, and the “petrodollar” was assured.

Returning to the present, we have stated for some time that the methods by which the US, the Russians, and the Chinese have been playing the game have been very different. The Chinese, for over 4000 years, have played the game of wéiqí, and the wéiqí philosophy is a primary part of Chinese philosophy. The idea is to distract your opponent whilst you subtly surround him. Once he is enclosed, with no support from outside, it’s game over.

By contrast, the Russians are perennial chess players. Chess, played correctly, involves the concept of imagining each move that your opponent may possibly make. For each possible move, you imagine each possible move you could make and how your opponent might retaliate. You then select your best move. A good chess player is one who has learned to imagine several moves in advance. Therefore, once your opponent makes his move, you are never taken off-guard. You are prepared for anything he does.

Mister Putin is a consummate chess player, and since he has returned to office, each time the US has made a move, he has been ready. Each of his moves has not only countered the US, but trumped them. At every step that the US gets tough on Russia, Russia immediately says, in effect, “Okay, remember, you brought this on yourselves.” Russia then makes a move that puts the US in a far worse position than it was before.

The amazing fact here is that the US method recognises neither wéiqí nor chess. They appear to be playing checkers. The US has, since World War II, used the approach of “The Yanks are Comin’.” The US has been the biggest boy in the schoolyard and has, through a combination of bluster and bullying, been able to intimidate the world and, as a result, get virtually everything it wanted for a very long time. Conventional diplomacy has taken a back seat with the US, and, particularly since the administration of George Bush, the US has very much ramped up its “biggest boy in the schoolyard” approach, much to the irritation of the rest of world.

Here Come Those Chickens

But now, the US is broke, and its stature as the biggest boy has begun to wane. The other kids in the schoolyard are playing smart, whilst the US is still playing tough…and it’s no longer working.

Claiming that Russia was overstepping its power in the Ukraine (when, in fact, it was the US that was guilty of this move), the US applied economic sanctions to Russia. The US media treated this as a major blow to Russia, from which the Russkies had better back off if they knew what was good for them.

But, in fact, this served as an open invitation for Russia to retaliate. Since the very first thrust by the US, each parry and thrust by the Russians has been both effective and well planned. (It should be borne in mind that the latest announcement that Russia would not accept US dollars in payment for gas could only be enforced if Russia could get its international gas customers to agree. At the time of announcement, nine out of ten customers had, in fact agreed. These decisions were, unquestionably, not reached overnight. This chess move was planned well in advance.)

When Russia announced that Gazprom, the largest gas supplier in the world, would no longer be accepting US dollars from its clients, the West was shaken by the news.

End of the Petrodollar     

So, does this spell the end for the petrodollar? Not just yet. But it does add a nail to the petrodollar coffin, and a rather large nail, at that. It most certainly announces to the world that, if the US continues its schoolyard bully approach, both the Russians and the Chinese are more than ready. They have greater power than the US gave them credit for and, as we are witnessing, are more adept at the game itself.

Time after time, the US announces a flimsy new policy that is half-baked at best, and the US media announce, in effect, “This’ll show ’em!” And yet, at every turn, the Sino-Russian tag-team deals blow after blow to US hegemony in the world.

The US is at war with China and Russia. It’s an undeclared war, and it’s monetary warfare, not military warfare. Yes, there are the military distractions, such as in the Ukraine and the Middle East, but the primary war is being fought monetarily.

If we observe the Asian responses to the US attacks in this war, and assess them objectively, we see that the Asians do not seek to kill off the US. In each battle, they, like skilled bullfighters, deflect the charging bull, then thrust the sword forward, wounding him again and again with every charge.

As this approach is becoming a pattern, it would indicate that the Russians and Chinese, much like a bullfighter, are wearing out the bull and provoking him to lose enough blood that, soon, he will no longer be able to continue the fight.

There will be no H-bomb moment here. No point at which the US, to the entire world’s surprise, suddenly self-destructs. Just as Rome wound down 2000 years ago, we shall observe a similar winding down of the US. (Although there will be many sudden crashes along the way, the entire process will stretch out for years.)

And I believe the US will be kept alive by the victors. It will remain in business as a country and will serve the East, particularly as a consumer of Eastern-produced goods.

But it will cease to be the world’s empire. Much as the British Empire wound down as a result of the world wars, the US will be greatly diminished in power.

More and more, US residents are coming to realise that the “recovery” that is forever being heralded as “just around the corner” will not arrive. No “green shoots,” no “shovel-ready jobs” will materialise. The US are attempting to win a chess game by playing checkers, and they will not succeed. The US’s place in the world will be a casualty of that error, as will be the US economy.

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately there’s little any individual can practically do to change the trajectory of this trend in motion. The best you can and should do is to stay informed so that you can protect yourself in the best way possible, and even profit from the situation.

This is what Doug Casey’s International Man is all about: helping you cut through the smoke and mirrors while making the most of your personal freedom and financial opportunities around the world. The free IM Communiqué is a great place to start.

Reuters Misinforms Public About Alleged Lockheed “Delivery” of First Iraqi F-16s

[(SEE: Russia Delivers First Batch of Su-24 Fighters, Plus Hip and Hind Attack Helicopters To Iraq)  Reuters’ claims that Lockheed “Delivered” the first batch of fighters into Iraqi hands, even though the US WILL NOT “ferry” the planes to Iraq before the end of the year…Russia and Belarus have really embarrassed Obama by their timely delivery of vital military equipment to the Iraqi Government, to repel the ISIL invaders.]

“A group of three or four new jets will be ferried to Iraq before the end of the year.”

Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week

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A Lockheed Martin F-16 of the Turkish Air Force performs during an acceptance flight at the upcoming ILA Berlin Air Show in Selchow near Schoenefeld south of Berlin May 19, 2014.. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

A Lockheed Martin F-16 of the Turkish Air Force performs during an acceptance flight at the upcoming ILA Berlin Air Show in Selchow near Schoenefeld south of Berlin May 19, 2014..

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(Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp this week will deliver the first of 36 F-16 fighter jets to Iraq, marking what Baghdad’s envoy to the United States called a “new chapter” in his country’s ability to defend its vast borders with Iran and other neighbors.

Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily will travel to Lockheed’s Fort Worth, Texas, plant on Thursday for a ceremony at which Lockheed and the U.S. government will formally deliver the first F-16 to Iraq.

A group of three or four new jets will be ferried to Iraq before the end of the year.

“Iraq is a large country with over 3,600 km of borders, and we need to protect them,” Faily told Reuters in a telephone interview. “We as a country didn’t have that capability before.”

Iraq has had no real air force since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 that eventually toppled Saddam Hussein.

Baghdad has also signed military contracts with Russia and the Czech Republic, among others, and has said it will not be able to fully defend its airspace until 2020.

Iraq also plans to buy Boeing Co Apache helicopters and other weapons from the U.S. government as it assumes responsibility for its own defense and counterterrorism efforts.

Faily said the U.S. government appreciated the urgency and scale of the challenge that Iraqi is facing given continued and mounting strife with insurgents.

“They know that the sooner and the wider capabilities they provide us, the more ability we will have to reduce the vicious cycle of killing where the terrorists are attacking our people,” he said.

Faily said Iraq was completing work on the air base in Balad where the new jets will be housed. He said some Iraqi pilots had already been trained to fly the new planes, and more were in training now.

Iraq ordered a first batch of 18 F-16s in 2011 for $3 billion, followed by a second order of 18 jets in October 2012.

Lockheed is building the F-16s for Iraq under a contract from the Pentagon that also includes mission equipment and a support package provided by Lockheed and other companies.

Lockheed said the Iraqi order would keep the F-16 production line running through late 2017, but it continues to bid for new orders in hopes of continuing production through 2020. The company has built more than 4,540 F-16 aircraft to date.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal, editing by G Crosse)

 

Russia Delivers First Batch of Su-24 Fighters, Plus Hip and Hind Attack Helicopters To Iraq

Target ISIS: First batch of Russian Su-24 jets arrives in Iraq

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A Sukhoi Su-24 jet fighter (Reuters / Shamil Zhumatov)

A Sukhoi Su-24 jet fighter (Reuters / Shamil Zhumatov)

The first ten Russian Sukhoi (Su-24) fighter jets arrived in Iraq on Saturday, the country’s Defense Ministry said. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is hoping the jets will make a key difference in the fight against ISIS.

“The fighter jets landed today in the morning on different military airfields,” MP Abbas al-Bayati told Iraqi media.

The official spokesperson for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Mohammed al-Askari, also confirmed the information, Al Iraqiya TV channel reported.

The fighter jets will be stationed at an airbase located in the southern part of the country, PressTV reported, citing military sources.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Maliki revealed that Iraq purchased jets from Russia and Belarus in order to help its fight against Sunni militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL).

At the same time, Maliki criticized the US for taking too long to deliver on its own contract after Iraq purchased F-16 jets from America.

On Friday, Iraqi Air Force Commander Hameed al-Maliki confirmed the shipment of MI-35 and MI-28 Russian helicopter fighters to “keep the momentum” in the attacks against ISIS, Ruptly reported.

The commander said that he signed three contracts with the Russians and stressed the importance of the choppers as “excellent anti-terrorism weapons.”

The radical Sunni Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL) has taken large parts of the country’s north from the Shia government.

Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers have been killed by insurgents since the Sunni militants began their offensive on June 9, according to Iraqi forces.

The United Nations says more than 1,000 people – mainly civilians – have been killed during the surge thus far.

Jordan Fears the Al-Qaeda Within (ISIS) More Than They Fear It Coming Across the Border

Jordan fears homegrown ISIS more than invasion from Iraq

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AMMONNEWS – Demonstrators angry with Jordan’s government have unfurled in this desert city the black battle flags of the al-Qaeda-inspired extremists now in control of large swaths of Iraq, stirring fears that support for the group is growing in Jordan.

At two rallies in Maan this week, scores of young men, some in black masks, raised their fists, waved homemade banners bearing the logo and inscriptions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and shouted, “Down, down with Abdullah,” the king of Jordan. Abdullah II, a close U.S. ally, is widely viewed as a moderate in a country considered an oasis of stability in the Middle East.

The demonstrations have been the first public displays of support for ISIS in Jordan.

Abdullah’s government has put the country’s Border Guard on alert, reinforced troops along its 125-mile frontier with Iraq and added tanks and armor to thwart any move into Jordan by the ISIS militants, who along with Sunni insurgents have seized a string of cities from northern Syria to western Iraq.

But more troubling to the Amman government than the possibility of an ISIS invasion are signs that support for the group may be expanding here and that homegrown recruits could take action in Jordan, according to former military officers, security analysts and members of Jordan’s jihadist movement.

“We no longer trust or respect the government and have been searching for an alternative that ensures our basic rights,” said Mohammed Kreishan, one of the marchers. “In the Islamic State, we have found our alternative.”

On Wednesday, anti-government demonstrators gathered at the mosque in central Maan and marched toward the courthouse with gasoline bombs, but they were deterred by the presence of Jordanian riot police in armored personnel carriers.

A symbol of Jordan’s monarchy and central government, the charred and bullet-riddled courthouse has been the scene of near-nightly gunfire in recent weeks. ISIS banners were briefly raised on the mosque’s roof and still fly from flagpoles at traffic circles.

Maan is an impoverished regional center 150 miles south of Amman, the capital, and a world away from the five-star hotels and Western-style coffee shops of that cosmopolitan city. The official unemployment rate in Maan tops 25 percent and is far higher among its youth. One of the largest employers is a state cement factory.

Maan has been a crucible for anti-government activists for a generation and today is home to leading al-Qaeda clerics, who themselves fear that the younger generation may no longer listen to the Salafist old guard but instead run off and join newer, more extreme groups such as ISIS.

Like most observers, Jordan’s leaders appeared to be taken by surprise by the lightning-quick advance and string of conquests this month by ISIS fighters and Sunni rebels who reached the environs of Baghdad.

Originating in al-Qaeda, patched together by splinter groups fighting in Syria and Sunni insurgents in Iraq, ISIS seeks to establish a Muslim caliphate based on an especially strict interpretation of Islamic law.

Security analysts estimate that about 2,000 Jordanians are fighting in Syria and Iraq today, at least half of them with ISIS.

Reports earlier this month suggested that ISIS forces had taken the key Iraqi-Jordanian border crossing at Turaibil, but Jordanian military officials told reporters this week that Sunni tribes control the area after the Iraqi military left following clashes with ISIS. Border traffic is lighter than normal but flowing, according to eyewitnesses.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry met with Jordan’s foreign minister, Nasser Judeh, in Paris on Thursday to discuss a regional response to the ISIS threat.

“I am worried, but I am not scared” of ISIS’s recent success in Iraq spilling over into Jordan, said Mohammad Farghal, director general of the Center for Strategic Studies at the King Abdullah II Defense Academy and a retired major general in Jordan’s armed forces.

“We are quite confident when it comes to securing the border,” Farghal said. What is worrying, he said, “is that poverty and dissatisfaction create fertile ground for extremist organizations in Jordan. This is our greatest security challenge.”

Mohammed Abu Saleh, a political leader in Maan who helped organize the anti-government rallies, said the populace was being “suffocated” by heavy-handed actions by the security forces. “The only state services we get are riot police,” he said. “The city has been forgotten. There are no jobs, no development, no dignity.”

“For us,” he added, “these are larger issues than unfurling an ISIS banner.”

Abu Saleh said that support for ISIS is born of frustration. “Some people use the threat of ISIS to send a message to the regime,” he said. “We’ve reached the point where the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

According to Mohammed Shalabi, popularly known as Abu Sayyaf, a leader of Jordan’s al-Qaeda-aligned Salafist movement based in Maan, the allure of ISIS is growing, especially among young men looking to participate in jihad.

“We warned those who are aligned with the Islamic State not to go out and rally or to take any action in Jordan, as it is outside their religiously sanctioned mission and would hand a gift to Jordanian authorities trying to depict us as terrorists,” Abu Sayyaf said. “Unfortunately, these are kids who know very little about their own religion, about jihad, and are not willing to answer or listen to anybody.”

Organizers of the rallies say that while ISIS has supporters in Mann, it has no formal structure there.

The two rallies drew only about 100 marchers and it was unclear how many of them were simply shouting against the monarchy. Residents here watched the demonstrations from the sidewalks, displaying more curiosity than support.

ISIS supporters here have not called for military action or direct confrontation with the Jordanian government.

Jordan’s intelligence and security services have in the past allowed jihadist groups and al-Qaeda affiliates to operate within the country’s borders — the better to keep an eye on them and infiltrate their ranks.

Yusuf Mansur, an economic analyst in Amman, said ISIS’s victories in Iraq could increase energy costs in Jordan, which could intensify dissatisfaction with the government. About 10 percent of Jordan’s oil comes from Iraq.

Mansur agreed that cities such as Maan have been neglected and noted that the Jordanian government has the money to spend. “You put $100 million into Maan, and the south will pacified,” he said.

For now, there are some angry people in Maan. On Monday night, Jordanian police burst into the compound of the large Abu Darwish family, seeking to arrest one of the older sons on outstanding charges of drug possession and assault (for which he had received a pardon from the king, they say).

When the police entered, the men grabbed their own guns, and multiple shots were fired. Eight family members were wounded, some seriously, and one son, Aref Abu Darwish, was killed.

The sons say they loathe the government and are looking for justice — and payback. “The king called for this security crackdown because of what is happening in Iraq,” said Zain Abu Darwish, whose cousin has been organizing locals to back ISIS.

“The government is shedding Jordanian blood,” he said. “They are the ones who are creating this situation.”