Jordan strikes back

Makayla P.

Staff Writer

ISIS militants released a video on February 3 of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive, and Jordan has vowed revenge against the gruesome, direct attack. Jordan’s king Abdullah has even taken up a spot in the military and is fighting alongside his people. Over the past month, Jordan has bombed many ISIS outposts successfully and is getting a large amount of support from many other countries who have been affected by this terrible organization, and even those who have not been directly affected. Jordan has destroyed ISIS ammunition dumps, camps, and many other outposts. These attacks have lowered ISIS abilities by 20 percent. Jordanian officials say that these attacks are just the beginning, and their ultimate goal is to eradicate ISIS completely. The death of their pilot was the catalyst to these surprising outbursts of the small nation.

ISIS, which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is a terrorist organization whose ultimate goal is to establish a new religious monarchy across the Middle East. ISIS wishes to overthrow the current governments and bring back a complete theocracy in the Middle East, but it is only including Sunni Muslims in this plan of domination. Although ISIS is a very violent group, past caliphates were not nearly as extreme, barbaric, or blood-thirsty as the government of ISIS is wishing to establish. The basis of ISIS’s ideology is very similar to that of al-Qaeda because ISIS was formerly a part of al-Qaeda, until it broke off, showing a new, even more extreme cohort of Islamic militants who are battling it out for control over the Middle East. The current leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaims himself to be a descendant of Muhammad and the one true caliph.

ISIS has been a serious issue to America considering our War against Terror and America’s previous experiences with extremists. ISIS first gained major attention from the public after releasing a video of the murder of two American news reporters who ISIS had kidnapped in September of 2014. Reporting on this war is difficult and dangerous; over 100 journalists have been killed, and several were attacked, reportedly tortured, and detained. The situation of the Syrian war and the happenings of ISIS became public knowledge with the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley in August of 2104. Sophomore Ashlyn Richardson said, “I couldn’t bring myself to watch the videos, but evjordan strikes back mperything I’ve heard about them is terrible. ISIS is such a barbaric and disgusting organization, and I can only hope that we are going to be making more progress in stopping them as soon as possible.” ISIS continued to release multiple videos of these brutal killings, including two more American citizens, two British and two Japanese hostages, along with the burning of the Jordanian pilot.

Prior to Jordan’s retaliation on ISIS, American troops have been air raiding since September trying to destroy ISIS efforts. These air strikes began August 7th and consisted of over 60 attacks on ISIS targets. When the US refused to cease their air strikes, ISIS sent another “message” in the form of the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff. Luckily, there have only been two instances where American journalists have been executed on film, but many more have happened off the camera. These actions are what led President Obama to send another 350 troops to Iraq, on top of the 1,000 that had already been sent since June 2014, and now, with the addition of Jordanian efforts, more progress is expected to be made.  This conflict has escalated immensely since the US became involved and will hopefully come to an end before more innocent lives are taken.

The addition of Jordanian troops in the fight against ISIS is very much welcomed from the U.S, seeing as everyone against ISIS is going to need all the help they can get. Jordan’s king, Abdullah II, is warning that the war against ISIS is starting World War III, although this is obviously not official yet. He believes that this one common goal to bring down ISIS will bring all religions and ethnicities together, despite many differences. History teacher, Dr. Krista Webb said, “I admire Jordan and its king very much for taking such a bold stand to the acts of terrorism that have affected so many countries so close to home. They had a problem, and they acted on it immediately despite the risks it held.” Abdullah II is very invested in his military and their capabilities to defeat ISIS and is not afraid of this terrorist organization.

The ISIS conflict has escalated as a result of many contributing factors beginning with the struggle for political control over Muslim-inhabited regions, militant groups carrying out acts of terrorism on reporters, and frequent resistance attacks due to the ongoing Syrian War. The goal of ISIS is to claim religious authority over all Muslims worldwide and to bring most Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its political control.

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