In Jordan, Syrian and Iraqi exiles say they are key to crushing the Islamic State

October 12, 2014 1:42 AM

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AMMAN, Jordan — Iraqis and Syrians who have sought refuge in this country are watching the U.S.-led air campaign against the Islamic State with a mixture of hope and dread — hope that the extremists will be ousted from their homelands and dread that the bombing will create further chaos.

Almost 1.7 million Syrians and Iraqis are encamped in Jordan, host to one of the largest refugee populations on Earth, spread out between posh villas in Amman and refugee camps in the north. Among the multitude are thousands of former soldiers and current insurgents — including some senior commander...

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