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Jordanian-born Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq in 2006.

The government has said without elaborating that Jordanian border guards clashed at dawn Saturday with armed men in a border area and arrested all of the gunmen.

Jordan shares borders with Iraq, Israel, Syria, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia. It has beefed up its security along the border with Syria.


Government approves aid for Syrian people

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Cabinet on Tuesday decided to provide humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria and launch a relief campaign via the Iraqi Red Crescent, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement.

The Cabinet decided “to provide humanitarian aid and begin a popular campaign of humanitarian relief for the brotherly people of Syria, via the Iraqi Red Crescent,” Mr. Dabbagh said, without providing further details.

“The campaign includes collecting donations to support families that were harmed, and try to reach all [affected] Syrians and refugees, wherever they are,” Iraqi Premier Nouri al-Maliki’s spokesman, Ali Mussawi, told Agence France-Presse.

A protest movement in Syria has descended into an all-out civil war between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad, which the U.N says has killed 20,000 people and forced 250,000 to flee the country.

Iraq has pointedly avoided calling for Mr. Assad’s departure from office, and instead has urged an end to violence by all parties.

From wire dispatches and staff reports