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Amman - Interior Minister: Jordan To 'Wipe Out' Islamic State Group

Published on: February 7, 2015 08:30 PM
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Jordanian protesters carry an effigy of leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, during a march after Friday prayers in downtown Amman February 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Muhammad HamedJordanian protesters carry an effigy of leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, during a march after Friday prayers in downtown Amman February 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Amman -  Jordan is going after Islamic State group militants wherever they are and plans to “wipe them out completely,” Jordan’s interior minister said, as Jordanian fighter jets struck the group’s positions for the third consecutive day Saturday.

It was the latest in a series of warnings of harsh retaliation after the militants released a video of them burning a Jordanian pilot to death in a cage. The gruesome images sparked widespread anger in Jordan and the region.

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The kingdom joined a U.S.-led military coalition in September, but said after the killing of the pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, that it would intensify its air attacks. The campaign began Thursday, with state media reporting new strikes Saturday.

Interior Minister Hussein al-Majali said al-Kaseasbeh’s killing was a turning point for Jordan.

He told the state-run al-Rai newspaper in comments published Saturday that Jordan will go after the militants “wherever they are.”

The most recent airstrikes are “the beginning of a continued process to eliminate them and wipe them out completely,” he said of the militants who control about a third of neighboring Syria and Iraq.

The heightened confrontation has raised concerns about possible Islamic State group attacks in Jordan.

The minister said security services have a tight grip and are ready for “anyone who wants to interfere in the security of Jordan.” He urged Jordans to report suspicious behavior, particular in neighborhoods with large numbers of non-Jordanians.

A Jordanian holds a placard against the group calling themselves Islamic State (IS) during a march in memory of executed pilot Muath al-Kassasbeh after noon pray in downtown Amman, Jordan, 06 February 2015. EPAA Jordanian holds a placard against the group calling themselves Islamic State (IS) during a march in memory of executed pilot Muath al-Kassasbeh after noon pray in downtown Amman, Jordan, 06 February 2015. EPA


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 Feb 07, 2015 at 09:46 PM The Professor Says:

There is a well-known Arabic proverb: the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
I wish the Jordanians hatzlocho rabboh!

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 Feb 07, 2015 at 10:14 PM TunaBeigel Says:

The first country that actually sends in grounds troops, is the one that I'll take seriously.

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 Feb 07, 2015 at 10:44 PM watcher Says:

Harzlcha rabba

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 Feb 08, 2015 at 08:25 AM murray059 Says:

when they killed Americans (beheadings) our fearless leader (Obozzo) was playing golf. He stopped for a brief moment, made a lame statement, and was back on the golf course 6 minutes later.

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 Feb 08, 2015 at 11:17 AM Anonymous Says:

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murray059 Says:

when they killed Americans (beheadings) our fearless leader (Obozzo) was playing golf. He stopped for a brief moment, made a lame statement, and was back on the golf course 6 minutes later.

It's clear whose side Obama is on. I am ashamed to have him as my leader, representing the American people. How could he not have attended the peace rally in Paris? Because most of the victims were Jewish? Where are his morals? He even is t ashamed to so openly show his rue colors, those of appeasement of Muslims even the terrorists and kicking dirt in the face of the prime minister of Israel! This disrespect should've been more roundly condemned king ago when Obama was too busy to have dinner with Bibi. Just look how he hugs and kisses every arab leader them look at his body language when he's with Jewish leaders ! He even refused to allow photographers a photo op when he met with Neutanyahu!

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