Rabat - King of Jordan Abdullah II said on Monday that Morocco pulled back from the US-led coalition against terror group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Rabat – King of Jordan Abdullah II said on Monday that Morocco pulled back from the US-led coalition against terror group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
The Jordanian monarch, who was interviewed on Fox News’s “Special Report with Bret Baier,” said that Jordan is now the only Arab country carrying airstrikes alongside the United State in Syria.
He said that the UAE and Bahrain joined his country straight after the murder of a Jordanian pilot burned to death earlier this year by Islamic State terrorists. They have since pulled back because of the ongoing tensions in Yemen, he added.
“We are the only Arab country operating alongside the Iraqis in Iraq alongside the coalition,” he said. As the Iraqis and the coalition increase their tempo for the next operation in Iraq, so will Jordan increase their tempo inside of Iraq.”
He said he is glad to see his country’s relationship with Morocco is getting stronger, especially as both countries are dealing with threats from terrorist groups.
“The king of Morocco is a strong partner with me in dealing with Khawarij [the outlaws of Islam] the Islamic terrorist organizations, especially in Western Africa. His relationship with the United States has improved and I think that is a good thing,” he told Fox News’s Bret Baier.
King Abdullah II said he hates to use the word “extremists” to describe terror group the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, “because they take that as a badge of honor.”
“These are outlaws that have nothing to do of understanding what our religion is about. And they have basically targeted Muslims before they target other religions and more Muslims have died because of them than any other religion,” he said.
Asked about the Islamic State, King Abudllah II said that it’s a franchise whether it is Al Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram in Nigeria or Somalia’s Al Shabab.
“The next worst element that comes up whatever name they give themselves everybody else will turn and give allegiance to that group,” he said.