Jordan Sentences Four Al Qaeda Militants to Death

Jordan's military court on Thursday sentenced to death four Iraqi Al Qaeda militants charged with terror attacks on Jordanians in Iraq. Of the four, only one is in custody while the other three remain at large and were tried in absentia.

The court also handed down sentences to 10 other suspects in the case — also at large and believed to be in hiding in Iraq — ranging from 15 years in jail with hard labor to life imprisonment.

The group's alleged mastermind, Ziad Khalaf Raja al-Karbouly, was charged with leading the group of 14 in plotting attacks on trucks with Jordanian license plates on Iraqi roads to murder those on board.

Arrested inside Jordan in May 2006, he confessed on television to killing Jordanian truck driver Khalid al-Dessouki in Iraq.