JORDAN: ‘ ISLAMIC STATE SUPPORTERS LAY LOW AS SUPPORT IS GROWING SAY ISLAMIC ACTIVISTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – JORDAN – Dec.06 – Local authorities quickly stripped away public signs of support for the Islamic State group in this desert town AP reported. 

Black flags have been removed from rooftops.

Graffiti proclaiming the extremists’ imminent victory have been whitewashed.

But supporters of the Middle East’s most radical extremist group are only laying low after their surprise show of strength in protests last summer.

Despite government efforts, support for the Islamic State group is growing in Maan and elsewhere in Jordan, one of the West’s key allies in the region, say Islamic State activists, members of rival groups and experts on political Islam.

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“Pakistan-Taliban Landmark Peace Talks Start”

#AceWorldNews says delegates from both the Pakistani government and the Taliban met for over three hours on Thursday in the first round of peace talks targeted at putting an end to the militant group’s insurgent activities. The meeting took place in Islamabad after Tuesday’s talks failed to take place after the Pakistani government expressed doubts about the Taliban negotiators.

During the successfully rescheduled meeting on Thursday, the two groups charted a ‘roadmap’ for future discussions, with Irfan Siddiqui, the government’s chief negotiator saying the Taliban had “responded to us beyond our expectations,” according to AFP.

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