Monday 20 November 2017

Jordan's king vows to wage 'harsh' war against Islamic State group

Jordan's King Abdullah awaits to meet with members of the Senate Appropriations Committee in Washington February 3. Reuters/Gary Cameron
Jordan's King Abdullah awaits to meet with members of the Senate Appropriations Committee in Washington February 3. Reuters/Gary Cameron

Jordan's king has vowed to wage a "harsh" war against the Islamic State group after the militants burned a captive Jordanian pilot in a cage and released a video of the killing.

The images have sent waves of revulsion across the region.

King Abdullah II consulted with military chiefs after cutting short a US trip. Jordan is part of a US-led military alliance that has been bombing IS targets in Syria for nearly five months.

In a statement, the king said that Jordan is waging a war of principles against the militants. He said that Jordan's response "will be harsh because this terrorist organisation is not only fighting us, but also fighting Islam and its pure values".

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