Israel Vows Aid to Prevent ISIS Invasion of Jordan

Militants Say Attacking Jordan Remains a Priority

An al-Qaeda militant from Jordan says that attacking the Hashemite Kingdom, as well as neighboring Israel, remains a “priority” for international jihadists, urging the Jordanian government to reform along the basis of al-Qaeda’s interpretation of Sharia Law.

Al-Qaeda may only be a secondary threat for Jordan at this point, however, after ISIS recently took the Iraqi side of the common border, forcing Jordan to build up military forces at the crossing to try to prevent an ISIS incursion.

Israel is taking notice too, as Jordan is one of the few regional allies they haven’t totally alienated, and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz says Israel will provide “all help” necessary to keep ISIS out of Jordan.

Steinitz cited Israeli plans to intervene in a brief 1970 Jordan-Syria skirmish as part of their policy, but said that as with 1970 they believe Jordan is capable of defending the border themselves, and that ISIS poses no actual threat to take the country.

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