King Abdullah has vowed to step up his country’s fight against ISIL and wage a relentless war ‘to protect Jordan’s values and human principles.’
His meeting with military leaders to coordinate Jordan’s response comes after the horrific murder of a captured Jordanian pilot.
In the dead officer’s home town of Karak mourners gathered. Among them, the head of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood, Hammam Said, who is against Jordan being part of the US-led coalition fighting ISIL, but condemned the killing.
“We have said that we do not agree with the ISIL approach which is not related to Sharia Law, nor with the morals which God has ordered us to follow.”
ISIL certainly has its critics in the Islamic world – at Cairo’s prestigious Al-Azhar Sunni centre its director expressed outrage over the burning alive of the Jordanian pilot saying Islam forbids such actions and the perpetrators should be punished.
But while plans to take the war to ISIL are likely to involve more firepower, many in both the East and West be be asking how any of that will ensure the safe return of other hostages being held by ISIL.