Monday, October 22, 2012

First Jordanian soldier killed due to Syrian conflict

(VOA) A Jordanian soldier was killed Monday in clashes with armed militants trying to cross the border into Syria as the Arab League downplayed chances for a truce during this week's Eid al-Adha holiday.

Jordan's information minister, Sameeh Maaytah, said the soldier was the first member of the country's military to be killed in violence related to Syria's civil war. He died in clashes with Islamist fighters attempting to illegally enter Syria to join rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's government.