AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Officials say Jordan won’t take in Syrians fleeing the Syrian government’s latest offensive in the south of the country, near Jordan’s border.

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have been advancing deeper into the southern Daraa province, under the cover of airstrikes. Meanwhile, the United States reportedly told rebels not to expect an American intervention to defend them from the army’s offensive.

Jordanian government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat says the kingdom is working with the U.S. and Russia to protect its national interests. The Jordan Times on Monday quoted her as saying that Jordan has already absorbed large numbers of Syrian refugees and that “we simply cannot receive more.”

Jordan hosts about 660,000 registered refugees, but says the actual number of displaced Syrians in the kingdom is twice as high.

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NYT: Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias Say Won’t Be Silent Over Alleged U.S. Strike

ERBIL, Iraq — Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces, an umbrella grouping of mostly Iran-backed Shi’ite militias, said on Sunday it would not remain silent over an alleged U.S. air strike it said killed 22 of its members across the border in Syria last week.

“To the Americans we say … we will not be quiet about this attack,” senior PMF commander Jamal Jaafar Ibrahimi, known by his nom de guerre Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, said in a video message.

In a news conference, Mohandes said the PMF had collected fragments of the missiles used in the strike, which he said proved it was a U.S. attack.

This followed an accusation by the PMF on Monday, that the U.S. air strike wounded a further 12 of its members in the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal.

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NATO commander hopes Pakistan will persuade Taliban to join peace talks

The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission and the US forces in Afghanistan General Nicholson has said that he is hopeful that Pakistan will persuade Taliban to join peace talks. Gen. Nicholson made the remarks during a visit to eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan where he met with the provincial government officials to discuss .

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