Jordanian security forces patrol in front of Karak Castle the day after the attack.
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Bullet marks on the thick walls of a Crusader fortress and shattered windows of nearby tourist restaurants – damage from a recent shooting rampage – bear witness to Jordan's vulnerability to attacks by Islamist extremists.A senior security official said the Karak attackers had planned multiple attacks in Jordan on New Year's Eve.The government dismisses Daesh as a fringe phenomenon and says Jordan's security forces can contain any threat – but the Dec. 18 shooting set disconcerting precedents.It marked the first time Daesh claimed an attack on a civilian site in Jordan, a spot popular with tourists. A Canadian woman and two local residents were among 10 people killed.Government spokesman Mohammad Momani said Jordan, a member of the U.S.-led military coalition against Daesh, is a target, but has countered threats because of social cohesion and what he said are well-trained security forces.Lone gunmen carried out three separate attacks at Jordanian security installations, with five Americans among the dead.After the Karak shooting, security forces detained dozens more people.Critics say Jordan fails to address the wider causes of the militants' appeal among Jordanians, hundreds of whom have been fighting in the ranks of Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
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