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US steps up intelligence cooperation with Jordan

Worried that Jordan could be vulnerable to Isil, the US is stepping up its intelligence cooperation with one of its most stalwart Middle East allies.

The CIA has approached a retired former agency official with close ties to King Abdullah II about setting up a special task force to help Jordan deal with the threat from Isil, according to two former agency officials who would not be quoted by name discussing a secret mission.

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