AMMAN, Jordan — The plan was to unleash mayhem across an entire city
and “bring Amman to its knees,” in the words of one security official.
It would start with suicide bombings at two shopping malls, then build
momentum as teams of terrorists blew up cars and raked cafes with
In the midst of the chaos that would ensue, the attackers would
turn their attention to the U.S. Embassy, the primary target and a
long-sought prize for the organization that investigators say provided
critical support for the scheme: al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq.
Using the terrorist group’s expertise and weapons from Syria’s civil
war, the plotters planned to rain mortar shells on the American compound
and homes nearby.
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