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Most dramatically, the Jordanian military ordered the house arrest of the popular former crown prince Hamzeh bin Hussein. According to the Congressional Research Service, there were approximately 3,145 U.S. soldiers deployed to the Kingdom as of June 2020, with the official aim of combating terrorists and promoting stability in the region.

Jordanian security forces arrested a former adviser to King Abdullah, a member of the royal family and others on "security related" grounds, the Petra state news agency said.

In addition to Morocco, several countries also expressed support for King Abdullah II and his decision to ensure the country's stability.

Many countries and groups have reacted saying King Abdullah has their full support.

The King renewed his full and "natural" solidarity with King Abdullah II and expressed support for all of his decisions to ensure stability and security in his country.

"The move followed the discovery of what palace officials described as a complex and far-reaching plot", it said, quoting a senior Middle East intelligence official.

Since the news broke Saturday, #Prince_Hamzeh has trended on Twitter, along with messages of solidarity with the prince from followers in Jordan and overseas.

In a statement on its WAM news agency, it said it backed "any measures taken by King of Jordan, King Abdullah II... to preserve the security and stability of Jordan and defuse any attempt that seeks to jeopardize either".

Prince Hamzah served as Jordan's crown prince for four years before the title was transferred to the current monarch's eldest son, Hussein.

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Prince Hamza bin Hussein was formerly Crown Prince of Jordan. A State Department spokesman said the U.S. is in touch with officials in Jordan.

Oded Eran, a former Israeli ambassador to Jordan and senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, said the the past year has created "pockets of resentment and frustration" in Jordan.

"He also stressed his confidence in the leadership's wisdom and its keenness to secure the country's stability in parallel with the respect for the constitution and the law". The kingdom, which has scant resources, received some $1.5 billion in assistance from the U.S.in 2020 - a result of Abdullah's popularity among congressional leaders. He has cultivated strong ties with several US administrations, but, in recent years, sparred with former president Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over proposed Israeli plans to annex the West Bank and bypass the Palestinians in a bid for Israeli normalization with the rest Arab world.

Abdullah had appointed Hamzah crown prince in 1999 in line with Hussein's dying wishes, but in 2004 stripped him of the title and gave it to his own eldest son Hussein.

He had played a key role pushing for economic reforms in the country before he resigned in 2008 amid criticism over alleged interference in sensitive political and economic issues.

The news comes at a precarious time for the monarch.

It declared independence in 1946.

It declared independence in 1946, and despite having little oil wealth, severely lacking water and repeatedly being rocked by wars on its borders, the kingdom has managed to survive the regional upheavals.

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