Foley, 60, had worked with USAID for 14 years in Washington, Bolivia, Peru, Zimbabwe and, since 2000, Jordan. The USAID programme in Jordan is one of the agency’s largest. Funding levels have averaged over $150 million a year since 1997. The agency has focused its efforts on water resources, economic reform and health.

The US embassy has reiterated its 13 October warning to American citizens in Jordan to exercise extreme vigilance.