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Jordan's King Vows 'Harsh Response' to IS
   2015-02-05 08:59:57    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhang Qizhi

Jordan's King Abdullah II (mourning with a keffieh on his head) visits the General Headquarters of Armed Forces in Amman, Jordan, on February 4th, 2015. [Photo: Imagine China]

 

Jordan's King Abdullah is vowing to strike back hard against the Islamic State, saying the grisly murder of a Jordanian pilot at the hands of the militants "will not be in vain."

The King has held a crisis meeting with his security chiefs, after cutting short a visit to the United States following the release of a video showing the pilot being burned alive inside a metal cage.

In response, Jordanian authorities have since executed two al-Qaida convicts, including the would-be female suicide bomber which the Islamic State had been demanding in return for the safe release of the pilot.

Jordanian government spokesperson Mohammad Al-Momani insists the Islamic State can be defeated.

"We think with the cooperation between coalition members, we think with the well-being of the regional and international community, we think with the strength of our society, our military forces - yes, this evil can and should be defeated".

But at the same time, the Jordanian government is downplaying the possible use of Jordanian ground troops in the fight.

The horrific murder of the Jordanian pilot has drawn worldwide condemnation.

The Chinese government is calling for more international cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei.

"China opposes all forms of terrorism and killings committed by terrorists. We are advocating for the international community to enhance cooperation in accordance with the objectives and principles of the United Nations Charter and the accepted regulations on international relations. The world needs to face up to the threat from terrorism. China's goal is to safeguard global peace, security and stability."

But as anger continues to grow in Jordan, there are also voices calling on the Jordanian government to withdraw from the international coalition currently running bombing raids against the Islamic State.

Hammam Said is head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan.

"Our message to the Jordanian government is to pull out from the international coalition, and we should have no involvement with a war led by America in the region."

Jordan is one of four Arab states taking part in the air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria.

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