The Jordanian military has sent troops to its border with Iraq after the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams, or ISIS) captured the Turaibil border crossing between Iraq and Jordan.
Dozens of Jordanian military units have been sent to the area to cover the border and prevent the terrorist organization from advancing any further. Jordan is an ally of the United States and has a peace treaty with Israel.
The jihadists also seized the Walid and Qaim border crossings with Syria over the weekend, as well as four towns, according to a report posted Monday by the Irish Times.
The group now controls a 300-kilometer swathe of territory along the Euphrates River, from Mosul in the north, to Tikrit, hometown of former dictator Sadaam Hussein, in addition to its newly-won length of the Iraqi border.
About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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