Thursday, February 5, 2015

Jordan Launches More Airstrikes On ISIS

Isaiah 17: 2 "The cities of Aroer will be deserted..."

These recent developments, with Jordan essentially declaring war on ISIS may have significant prophetic implications:

Jordanian fighter jets carried out new air strikes Thursday, a day after the country’s king vowed to wage a “harsh” war against Islamic State terrorists who control parts of neighboring Syria and Iraq.

A statement from the army did not say which country was targeted. Jordan is part of a US-led military coalition that has bombed IS targets in both countries since last fall, but until now Jordanian warplanes are only known to have carried out raids in Syria.
King Abdullah II pledged to step up the fight against the IS group after the militants burned a captive Jordanian pilot in a cage and released a video of the killing earlier this week. The images have sent waves of revulsion across the region.

On Thursday, warplanes roared overhead as the king paid a condolence visit to the family of the pilot, Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh, in his village in southern Jordan. The king pointed at the planes as he sat next to the pilot’s father.

Abdullah has said Jordan’s response “will be harsh because this terrorist organization is not only fighting us, but also fighting Islam and its pure values.”

In a statement Wednesday, he pledged to hit the militants “hard in the very center of their strongholds.”
In Washington, leading members of Congress have called for increased US military assistance to the kingdom. Currently, the United States is providing Jordan with $1 billion annually in economic and military assistance.

If you aren't familiar with King Abdullah of Jordan, the following article is interesting:

And this...

Jordan's King Abdullah, himself a former general, angrily vowed to pursue ISIS until his military runs "out of fuel and bullets," in a closed door meeting with U.S. lawmakers that followed the release Wednesday of a grisly video showing a captured Jordanian airman being burned alive in a cage by the terrorist army.
The pledge preceded the hanging of two Al Qaeda terrorists early Wednesday in Jordan, a swift response to the video that could be a mere harbinger of coming retribution from the Arab kingdom in the wake of the sadistic slaughter. 
King Abdullah's words were echoed by military leaders, who vowed an “earth-shaking” response, proportionate to the magnitude of the tragedy of all Jordanians.” But it was the words of their visibly shaken king, who commanded his nation's special forces before assuming the throne in 1999, that could foreshadow what is in store for the black-clad terrorist army whose atrocities have shocked the civilized world.

"He said there is going to be retribution like ISIS hasn’t seen,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr., R-Calif., a Marine Corps veteran of two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, who was in the meeting with the king. “He mentioned ‘Unforgiven’ and he mentioned Clint Eastwood, and he actually quoted a part of the movie.”

Ever since the pilot's capture on Dec. 24, King Abdullah had shown a personal attachment to his fate. Al-Kaseasbeh, who was from a prominent tribe in the Karak governorate and had graduated from King Hussein Air College, the academy named for Abdullah's father. The pilot's father, Safi al-Kaseasbeh, who met with King Abdullah at least twice following his son's capture, said the king told him he valued Kaseasbeh like his own son.

The ghastly video sparked outrage on the streets of Jordan, a small nation of 6 million that shares borders with Syria and Iraq, where Islamic State has carved out its so-called caliphate. King Abdullah vowed to focus his people's anger on the terrorist army.

In the video, viewed by Fox News, Al-Kaseasbeh, showing signs of having been beaten and clad in an orange jumpsuit, speaks under clear duress. A narrator speaking in Arabic blasts Arab nations, including Jordan, for taking part in U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS. The final five minutes of the video show the caged pilot, his clothing apparently doused in gasoline as the fuel is lit. His screams are audible as he collapses to his knees. After being killed, the burned man and the cage are buried by a bulldozer. The video ends with ISIS offering "100 golden Dinars" for any Muslims in Jordan who kills other Jordanian pilots, whose names, pictures and hometowns are shown.

Jordanian Army spokesman Mamdouh al-Ameri said the country would strike back hard. "Our punishment and revenge will be as huge as the loss of the Jordanians," he said.

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