Photo Credit: The Royal Hashemite Court
Jordan's King Abdullah II, a licensed helicopter pilot, is rumored to have personally taken part in air strikes against ISIS.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II is warning that the international battle against Daesh – the terror organization known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS or ISIL – has launched World War III, although the rest of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the radical Islamic terror group may not yet realize it.

In fact, the Hashemite monarch told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Global Public Square earlier this week, “This has to be unified.


“I’ve said this to leaders both in the Islamic and Arab world, and to the world in general: This is a third World War by other means.

“This brings Muslims, Christians, other religions together in this generational fight that all of us have to be in this together.

“So it’s not a Western fight,” the king continued. “This is a fight inside of Islam where everybody comes together against these outlaws, so to speak, together.

“We have a moral responsibility to reach out to those Muslims, to protect them, and to stop them before they reach our border.

“There’s a short-term part of this which is the military part of the issue.

“There is the medium part, which is the security element of it.

“And then there’s a long-term element of this, which is obviously the ideological one,” Abdullah said.

The terror group twists Islam, he noted, using “intimidation” as its weapon to “put fear in people’s hearts.”

But not in Jordanian hearts.

King Abdullah II, a trained helicopter pilot dubbed “the warrior king” after 35 years of military service uploaded to Instagram a photo of himself dressed in military fatigues and black gloves to rally his nation after a Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS was burned to death by the terror organization.

He cut short his visit to the United States to fly home at that news, and increased his forces in the U.S.-led coalition in the bombing raids against Daesh. There were, in fact, rumors that the king himself took part in some air strikes against the terror group as well.

“Death to Daesh” was the cry roared by the thousands who swamped the streets of Amman in the wake of the pilot’s execution.

Jordan vowed to “wipe out Daesh completely.”


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. One of the few things Hillary was right about when she was campaining against him was that Obama had no foreign policy experience. A majority of America buried their head in the sand and didn't care. We are now paying the price for it. I don't understand how there have not been protests in the street against this obvious "rookie". He can not handle world affairs.

  2. We in the US usually feel that we were brought into WWII by the Japanese on Dec. 7. In fact, that war was raging in Europe and Asia. Americans only think of it in terms of when we entered the war. Europe was invaded by Germans and Axis powers. We did not help. Japan was raging in China. It took Pearl Harbor to bring us to the realization that this was going on around us. Then, as now, there were duplicitous people trying to maintain isolationism. Very few people in the modern day have learned from this. Jews have, and this is why we have Israel. A country like Jordan, has a king who the people seem to really like. That is unusual. But he is a realist, so far, and knows danger when he sees it. We have Emperor Obama, and I would rather trade.

  3. Good points Leonard. Who else is sick & tired of hearing Iran's position come out of our President's mouth or Putin's position come out of his mouth? We need someone with guts (Ted Cruz?) to state clearly Obama is liable for "high crimes and misdemeanors" and begin the impeachment process. We'll be lucky if there is a world left in 22 months.

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