The doubtful stability of a key U.S. ally

June 18, 2014 2:33 PM

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The doubtful stability of a key U.S. ally

Clouds of black smoke billowed from the burned-out gray pickup truck, stopped in its tracks in a sparse stretch of Syrian desert. The trucks' occupants — purported Islamic jihadists — had made the mistake of trying to cross the border into Jordan this spring when Jordanian warplanes attacked.

The April 16 incident drew shudders in the Jordanian capital of Amman. Since the war in Syria broke out three years ago, it's been walking a delicate tightrope — trying to balance the demands of its Western allies and financiers; ruthless, warring neighbors next door; and its own burdened population...

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