Jordanians jailed for plot against US, Britons

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A military court on Tuesday sentenced two Jordanian brothers to three years in jail each for plotting to attack US and British officers in the country in 2010, an official said.

"The state security court sentenced Alaeddin Abu Sarhan, 28, to three years in prison. His bother Mohammed, 23, received a similar sentence," the court official told AFP.

"They were charged with conspiracy to carry out acts of terrorism."

Their lawyer Hekmat Rawashdeh said he plans to appeal the verdict within 30 days "because it is unjust."

The official, citing the charge sheet, said "Mohammed went to Iraq in 2003 to fight the American troops, but returned to Jordan after the fall of Baghdad. He later convinced Alaeddin to attack foreign officers in the kingdom."

The two men began to track down targets across Jordan, and "in June, 2010, Alaeddin followed three sport utility vehicles near Amman carrying a group of US and British officers."

"He called Mohammed to help him attack the cars, but his brother could not come because he was busy," the official said, adding that the security services had tapped their phones and were able to arrest the pair.

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