Jordan Weighs Options for Further Retaliation Against ISIS

February 5, 2015 6:53 AM

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Jordan Weighs 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-Kaseasbeh has left the people of Jordan united with its Western allies in their revulsion at the executions of hostages by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

Jordan is one of the U.S.’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 advisers and in recent years, on financial support from Gulf Arab states. They include Saudi Arabia ...

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