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Jordan's King Declares War on Islamic Militants

Jordan's King Abdullah has appointed his security chief to the post of prime minister, and has ordered him to launch an all-out war against Islamic militancy in the kingdom.

In a letter Thursday, the king asked Marouf al-Bakhit, a former army general, to adopt a comprehensive strategy to confront Islamic militants and what he called their extremist and backward ideology.

Mr. al-Bakhit was Jordan's ambassador to Israel and was recalled to take the national security post after a triple suicide bombing earlier this month. The attacks in Amman killed 60 people and were claimed by Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

The king also asked Mr. al-Bakhit to form a new government that will institute economic, political, cultural and social reforms.

Earlier Thursday, the king accepted the resignation of out-going Prime Minister Adnan Badran. He had held the post only since April.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.