Country Reports

Country portrait Jordan: Forms of extremism

From an exporter to a target of Islamist fighters?

While Jordan was not a primary target of Islamist terror in the past, relevant jihadist fighters and thinkers come from Jordan, such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, former al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, who was killed in 2006 by an American air strike in Iraq, or the Palestinian-Jordanian Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, who is considered one of the most influential jihadist ideologues in the world.

The country portrait describes the composition of the Islamist spectrum, the factors that contributed to keeping the country out of the reach of jihadists for a long time, and examines the factors which are currently increasing the risks of Islamist radicalization in the country.