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A rough month for Jordan

When it comes to big news stories from the Middle East, Jordan is usually on the sidelines. This past month, however, has proved an exception but not for reasons that Jordanians would like.

Most recently, it was revealed that U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 13 people and injured 30 others in a shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, is Jordanian. Though he is U.S. born, his parents were Palestinian descendants from Jordan (more than half the people in Jordan are of Palestinian descent).

Last month, Hosam Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian, dominated the headlines after he was busted in an FBI sting for allegedly plotting to blow up a skyscraper in Dallas.

While these attacks are most likely unconnected, if Jordanians continue to make the news like this in the U.S., the kingdom may be forced to do some serious PR work to improve its image overseas.