Embrace: Jordan’s King Abdullah II hugs Saif al-Kassasbeh, father of Jordanian pilot
Jordan’s King Abdullah reacted emotionally to a video showing the apparent immolation of a Jordanian fighter pilot shot down over Syrian airspace. The Jordanian leader promised to fight ISIS, who killed the pilot, until his military ran “out of fuel and bullets.” His vows of revenge even included quoting Clint Eastwood to US lawmakers.
When he arrived back in Jordan from Washington, where he happened to be when the pilot was killed, he swiftly executed three prisoners in an apparent demonstration of resolve.
The White House vowed to stand united with Jordan to “defeat [the] scourge” of ISIS.
Abdullah’s strident stance against jihadists fighting to overthrow the Assad government in Syria is, if genuine, quite a turnaround. After all, for the past three-plus years he provided assistance and safe passage for all manner of radical jihadist…
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