Jordanian riot police stand guard during a protest outside the U.S. embassy in Amman, Jordan.

Jordanian riot police stand guard during a protest outside the U.S. embassy in Amman, Jordan. Raad Adayleh/AP

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U.S. embassy in Jordan targeted in foiled al-Qaida plot

11 people with connections to al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq arrested.

Jordanian officials say they have disrupted a plot by al-Qaida-linked operatives that would have launched attacks on both civilian and government targets -- including a U.S. embassy -- in Amman, Jordan, The Washington Post reported.

Jordan’s government said on Sunday that 11 people with connections to al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq had been arrested. Officials in Jordan said that the plotters had “amassed a stockpile of explosives and weapons from Syrian battlefields and devised a plan to use military-style tactics in a wave of attacks across Amman,” according to The Post.

U.S. officials declined to comment on the alleged plot.