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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
By United Press International
Expert cacophony

Expert cacophony

Is AQAM or ISIS the main terrorist threat facing the U.S.? A key branch of Israeli intelligence says it's still al-Qaida and that ISIS is a long term menace.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
Saudi Arabia agrees to U.S. request, will train moderate Syrian rebels

Saudi Arabia agrees to U.S. request, will train moderate Syrian rebels

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 11 (UPI) --In response to a request by the United States, Saudi Arabia has agreed to host an anti-Islamic State training program for moderate Syrian opposition fighters.
JC Finley
Arab League leader calls for unity against Islamic State

Arab League leader calls for unity against Islamic State

CAIRO , Sept. 8 (UPI) --The Arab League agreed Sunday to confront the Islamic State and cooperate with Iraqi and Western efforts to combat it.
Ed Adamczyk
Saudi Arabia arrests 88 men allegedly 'on the verge of implementing' terror attacks

Saudi Arabia arrests 88 men allegedly 'on the verge of implementing' terror attacks

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 2 (UPI) --Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior said Tuesday it has arrested 88 men who were "on the verge of implementing" attacks both within the Kingdom and abroad.
JC Finley
Baseline weapons for Jordanian gunships announced

Baseline weapons for Jordanian gunships announced

ARLINGTON, Va., July 21 (UPI) --A baseline configuration of gunships for Jordan has been announced by the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau and ATK of the United States.
Richard Tomkins
Saudi Arabia pledges $500 million to Iraq humanitarian relief

Saudi Arabia pledges $500 million to Iraq humanitarian relief

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) --Saudi Arabia will provide $500 million to the United Nations to aid in Iraq humanitarian relief, the country's Washington embassy announced Tuesday.
Ed Adamczyk
Saudi Arabia sacks fourth deputy defense minister in 15 months

Saudi Arabia sacks fourth deputy defense minister in 15 months

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 30 (UPI) --Saudi Arabia fired its deputy defense minister on Saturday, the fourth deputy to be replaced in less than 15 months.
JC Finley
Kerry meets with Saudi leaders and Syrian opposition leader

Kerry meets with Saudi leaders and Syrian opposition leader

JEDDAH , Saudi Arabia, June 27 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Saudi leaders in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, seeking their support for an inclusive government in Iraq.
Ed Adamczyk
Saudi princesses held captive in royal compound for 13 years appeal for release

Saudi princesses held captive in royal compound for 13 years appeal for release

March 13 (UPI) -- The ex-wife of Saudi King Abdullah is claiming the king has imprisoned her four daughters -- Saudi princesses -- in a royal compound for the past 13 years.
JC Finley

Saudi Arabia lists Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah as terror groups

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, March 7 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia added the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and two Syrian-based groups to its list of terrorist organizations Friday, officials said.
Kerry, Jordan's king discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Kerry, Jordan's king discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

AQABA, Jordan, March 7 (UPI) -- The international community must back Middle East peace efforts based on a two-state solution, Jordan's King Abdullah said Friday.

Jordan says it stopped attempt to smuggle weapons from Syria

AMMAN, Jordan, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Five people were arrested in the attempted smuggling of large quantities of weapons into Jordan from war-torn Syria, the Jordanian military said Monday

Obama to seek extension of aid to Jordan for Syrian refugees

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has told Jordan's King Abdullah II he will seek to renew a five-year aid package to help Jordan with a flood of Syrian refugees.
Barack Obama, Michelle exchange sweet Valentine's Day tweets

Barack Obama, Michelle exchange sweet Valentine's Day tweets

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The president and the first lady put their love on full display for Valentine's Day, even though they would be spending Friday night on opposite coasts.
Gabrielle Levy
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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (2nd L), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (2nd R) and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal drinks coffee after they agreed to end fighting, in the Islamic holy city Mecca on February 8, 2007. (UPI Photo/Suhaib Salem/Palestinian President's Office)
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The King Abdullah Canal, until 1987 known as the East Ghor Main Canal and renamed after Abdullah I of Jordan, is a canal that runs along the east bank of the Jordan River.

The Canal's main water sources are the Yarmouk River, the Al-Mukhaibeh wells close to the Yarmouk River, Lake Tiberias (through a tunnel built after the 1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty), Wadi el-Arab and the Zarqa River (after storage in the King Talal Dam). The canal’s design capacity is 20 m3/second at the entrance of the Canal and 2.3 m3/second at its lower end. Its length is 110 km. Water flows by gravity from North to South from about 230 meter to almost 400 meter below sea level. The Canal supplies water for irrigation and 90 million cubic meters/year of drinking water for Greater Amman through the Deir Allah-Amman carrier, which has been constructed in two phases in the mid-80s and in the early 2000s. The Zarqa River contains a mixture of treated wastewater and natural water flow, which influences the water quality downstream of the Zarqa River intake into the KAC.

The canal was built in Phases. It was designed in 1957. Construction began in 1959, and the first section completed in 1961. By 1966, the upper part, to Wadi Zarqa, was completed. The canal was 70 km was subsequently extended three times between 1969 and 1987. The United States provided financing for the initial phase of project, after obtaining explicit assurances from the Jordanian government that Jordan would not withdraw more water from the Yarmouk than the amount allocated to it according to the Johnston Plan.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "King Abdullah."
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