The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitic­s -

Jordan’s in­tel­li­gence ser­vice, a close ally of the CIA, has be­gun work­ing with China’s Min­istry of State Se­cu­rity, ac­cord­ing to the Paris-based news­let­ter In­tel­li­gence On­line.

The news­let­ter re­ported re­cently that the Jor­da­nian Gen­eral In­tel­li­gence Direc­torate has stepped up co­op­er­a­tion with the MSS due to the grow­ing threat of ji­hadist ter­ror in neigh­bor­ing Syria.

“Caught in the mid­dle of the ji­hadist cri­sis in the Mid­dle East, Am­man needs al­lies,” the news­let­ter stated, adding that co­op­er­a­tion with other Chi­nese in­tel­li­gence ser­vices also has in­creased.

The re­port said the spy agencies are shar­ing data on Chi­nese Mus­lim fighters that have joined Is­lamist rebels in Syria, in­clud­ing the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant and the of­fi­cial al Qaeda af­fil­i­ate, Al Nusra Front.

“The Jor­da­nian in­tel­li­gence ser­vices fear the coun­try will be­come the ji­hadists’ rear base in the re­gion, while the Guoanbu, like western in­tel­li­gence ser­vices, is con­cerned about the re­turn home of bat­tle-hard­ened fighters,” the re­port said us­ing the Chi­nese term for the MSS.

China has launched a crack­down on Turk­ish speak­ing Uighurs from Xin­jiang af­ter sev­eral re­cent ter­ror at­tacks. Ac­cord­ing to the news­let­ter, China be­lieves that Turkey’s in­tel­li­gence ser­vice, the Milli Isti­h­barat Teski­lati, is fa­cil­i­tat­ing the Chi­nese ter­ror­ists’ en­try into Syria and Iraq.

Con­tact Bill Gertz at @Bil­lGertz.

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