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Jordan's National Security Adviser resigns after hotel bombings

The national security adviser and 10 other top Jordanian officials resigned following hotel bombings that killed 58 people, sparking national outrage and raising concerns over the handling of the country's national security services. A fourth American died of wounds sustained in the attacks, according to the U.S. Embassy, raising the death toll to 58, plus the three bombers.

U.S. National Intelligence Director John Negroponte met top officials in Amman to praise Jordan's response to the attacks, according to official media, while interrogators questioned the sole surviving member of the attack team about al-Qaida's network in Iraq.

Two Interpol forensic experts also came to Amman to "exchange information and expertise in the field of fighting crime," the state-run Petra news agency said.

Al-Qaida in Iraq, led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility for the Nov. 9 attacks in an Internet statement.

Police believe the female attacker whose bomb did not detonate may provide vital clues to al-Qaida in Iraq and possibly al-Zarqawi's whereabouts. But her interrogation is going slowly among an increasing sense she played only a small part in the operation.

Sajida Mubarak al-Rishawi was arrested Sunday following the triple suicide bombings carried out by her husband and two 23-year-old Iraqis on the Radisson SAS, Grand Hyatt and Days Inn hotels.

The questioning is expected to last a month and she will be tried in a Jordanian military court, where she could be charged with conspiring to carry out a deadly terrorist attack, a crime that can carry the death penalty.

Interior Minister Awni Yirfas announced new regulations Tuesday aimed at keeping foreign militants from operating covertly in Jordan, including a demand that Jordanians notify authorities within 48 hours of any foreigners renting an apartment or house.

The rules require that authorities be given the names, nationalities and passport details of any foreigner renting a property, reports the AP. I.L.

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