World Bulletin / News Desk
Israel has said that it would be willing to take military action in neighboring Jordan to protect it from attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has been sweeping across northern parts of Iraq and Syria in a bid to create its own state.
A US Senator told the Daily Beast “Jordan could not repel a full assault from ISIL on its own at this point,” adding that Jordan "will ask Israel and the United States for as much help as they can get.”
Thomas Sanderson, co-director for transnational threats at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was also quoted as saying “I think Israel and the United States would identify a substantial threat to Jordan as a threat to themselves and would offer all appropriate assets to the Jordanians.”
However, Sanderson dismissed the likelihood of such action under current circumstand. “It’s impossible to rule out boots on the ground from Israel or the United States, but that is the least likely scenario. Amman would have to be under siege for that to happen.”
Dana Daoud, a spokeswoman for the Jordanian embassy in Washington, reassured “We are in full control of our borders and our Jordanian Armed Forces are being very vigilant.”
“We have taken all the precautionary measures. So far, we have not detected any abnormal movement. However, if anything threatens our security or gets near our borders it will face the full strength of our Jordanian Armed Forces,” she added.
Although the ISIL are yet to attack Jordan, which shares a 125-mile frontier with Iraq, they have some sympathisers, with pro-ISIL demonstrations calling for the fall of King Abdullah II, a close ally of the West.Last Mod: 28 Haziran 2014, 12:58