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Jordanian Court Convicts 8 Militants for Anti-US Plots


A Jordanian military court has handed down prison terms for eight Islamic militants - all Jordanians - convicted of plotting attacks on U.S. and Jewish targets in the kingdom.

The court Wednesday gave the alleged ring leader of the plot, Ahmad Shabaneh, a 10 year prison term. He also was accused of enrolling others for the plan and forming a militant group, Al-Taa'efa al-Mansourah, the Victorious Sect.

Two defendants, who were tried in absentia, each received a 10 year term. The remaining five were given prison sentences ranging from two to seven-and-half years.

In the court, the defendants declared themselves fighters for God and Islam's victory and said the sentences were "an honor" for them.

The group was accused of plotting attacks on U.S. personnel training Iraqi police recruits at a camp in Jordan, and also trying to send militants to Iraq to attack U.S. forces.

Defense lawyers say they will appeal the verdicts.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, and AP .
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