Jordan Weighs Its Options For Further Retaliation Against ISIS


Jordan, a vulnerable country on the front lines of the longest-running conflicts in the Middle East, has become a master of trying to balance the demands of its foreign partners and donors with the needs of its citizens since it became independent in 1946. But the abduction and killing of pilot Muath al-Kusabeh has left the people of Jordan united with its Western allies in their revulsion at the executions of hostages by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Jordan is one of the United State’s closest allies in the Arab world and plays a vital role in the U.S.-led fight against ISIS. U.S.-educated King Abdullah relies closely on advice from American intelligence advisors and in recent years, on financial support from Gulf Arab states. They include Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that cut ties with Jordan in 1990 when the late King Hussein was seen to…

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