Jordan detains professor for criticizing anti-IS air strikes


AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An activist says Jordan has detained a prominent Islamic law professor after he criticized the kingdom’s participation in U.S.-led airstrikes against the extremist Islamic State group.

Prisoners’ rights activist Mohammed Hadid said on Wednesday that Jordan University professor Amjad Quorsheh was ordered held for 15 days for questioning.

Quorsheh had posted a video online in which he says Jordan’s military commanders “made a mistake” by participating in the airstrikes.

Quorsheh says the strikes have killed innocents, including “the brothers in al-Nusra,” referring to the Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of the al-Qaida terror network. He warns the commanders that those killing innocents will go to hell.

Jordan has jailed hundreds of suspected IS supporters over the past two years, including those expressing support for the group on social media.