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Jordan sentences 10 for 2016 castle attack claimed by IS

Guards surround the defendants' cage in state security court as judges sentenced 10 defendants to prison, with terms ranging from three years to life, for their role in an Islamic State attack on the Karak castle, a popular tourist site, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Amman Jordan. The December 2016 attack killed 14 people, including a Canadian tourist and marked the first time IS extremists claimed responsibility for a large-scale attack on a civilian site in Jordan. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s state security court sentenced 10 defendants to prison on Tuesday, with terms ranging from three years to life, for their role in an Islamic State attack on a popular tourist site that killed 14 people, including a Canadian tourist.

The December 2016 attack on the Karak castle in southern Jordan marked the first time IS extremists claimed responsibility for a large-scale attack on a civilian site in Jordan.

The court sentenced two defendants to life in prison, while four others were given 15-year sentences. Four people were sentenced to three years each. One defendant was acquitted.

Jordan’s confrontation with IS goes back to 2014, when the kingdom began carrying out air strikes as part of an international campaign to dislodge IS from neighboring Syria and Iraq.

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