Sign In | Create Account

 
|| आ नो भद्राः क्रतवो यन्तु विश्वतः || Let nobel thoughts come to us from everywhere, from all the world || 1.89.1 Rigveda ||
Section : Politics
Latest: 

Jordanian escalation against ISIS may lead to surge in terror attacks in Kingdom
 
Jordanian fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Syria on Thursday, a day after King Abdullah called for more action against the group.

By Reuters




 

Jordan and the Islamic State

Jordanian protesters hold up pictures of Jordanian King Abdullah and Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, as they chant slogans during a rally in Amman to show their loyalty to the King and against the Islamic State, February 5, 2015.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

 

 

 

 

Jordan’s move to intensify its military operations against Islamic State in response to the burning alive of its air force pilot may lead to terrorist attacks in the kingdomJordanian fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Syria on Thursday, a day after King Abdullah called for more action against the group.


Islamic State is not an organization likely to take heavier attacks by a neighboring Muslim government lightly, nor the execution of two prisoners it had previously demanded in exchange for the Jordanian pilot.

Islamic State already offered a reward on Wednesday to anyone who kills or wounds a Jordanian pilot, the Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor of MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) reported.

“The Islamic State’s Shura Council offers a reward to anyone killing or wounding a Jordanian pilot and preventing him from flying as part of the Crusader coalition that is attacking Muslims in the Islamic State,” said the statement posted on an Islamic State affiliated Twitter account.

Also posted was a list of 52 Jordanian pilots and their addresses, ranks, and jobs, whose identities were allegedly given by the murdered pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh, according to the report.

Islamic State has supporters in Jordan, even if their numbers are not too numerous.

Jordan hanged two Iraqi jihadists, one a woman, on Wednesday and vowed to intensify military action against Islamic State.

“We are waging this war to protect our faith, our values and human principles and our war for their sake will be relentless and will hit them in their own ground,” state television quoted the king as saying during a security meeting.

Jordan, which is part of the US-led alliance, had promised an “earthshaking response” to the killing of its pilot, Kasaesbeh, who was captured when his F-16 crashed.

Ala’ Alrababa’h, an Amman native and expert on Jordan based in Washington, told The Jerusalem Post that he is not sure the country would go as far as sending ground troops to fight against Islamic State, “but the country is clearly intensifying its fighting against IS and this will likely increase with time.”

Islamic State is probably going to try to retaliate, though it will not be able to invade the kingdom as it did Iraq, he said.

More likely, says Alrababa’h, is attempts to carry out bomb attacks inside Jordan, perhaps from Islamic State cells undetected in the country.

The horrific killing of Kasaesbeh has led to a loss of support for the terrorist group even among its traditional Salafi base, he said.

Whether such attacks would be successfully carried out is another question, said Alrababa’h, speculating that the country’s intelligence has likely been focusing on this issue for some time.

Many Jordanians have rallied behind the king and Kasaesbeh’s family, but Islamists in the country have not been swayed, and remain a base from which support for Islamic State could come.

Even the country’s Muslim Brotherhood faction, which is more pragmatic than jihadist groups such as al-Qaida and Islamic State, refuses to call the latter a terrorist group.

In a Jordanian TV interview earlier this week with the country’s Brotherhood leader Hamza Mansour, and reported by MEMRI, he refused to call Islamic State a terrorist organization.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Comment Form

  Name

 Email Address

 Website

 Write Your Comment Here

 


0 Comment


Suggested articles...

Leave FTII to Rahul: Why BJP should yank funding and create its own institutions
By R Jagannathan

Read More
I am a Kaffir and I need a Hug
By Tufail Ahmad

Read More
How I almost joined a jihad training camp
By Gauher Aftab

Read More
Al Qaeda delusional as Indian Muslims will live and die for India, says PM Modi
By FirstPost Staff

Read More
India bans Islamic State, hunts for sympathisers
By Aditya Kalra

Read More
The Kashmir Mirror
By Sheela Bhatt,

Read More
Of fact, procedure, and principle
By Peter Ronald deSouza is professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Read More
Competitive terrorism between IS, LeT is the real danger for India flowing out of the ‘horrific’ Paris attacks
By Saikat Datta

Read More
Self-interest above the nation’s
By KG Suresh

Read More
When media jumps the gun on bigotry
By Anish Gupta

Read More