Jor­dan king warns of war against hu­man­ity

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

PRISTINA: Jor­dan’s King Ab­dul­lah II warned yes­ter­day of a “third world war against hu­man­ity”, de­scrib­ing the Is­lamic State group as “sav­age outlaws of re­li­gion” in the wake of the Paris at­tacks. Dur­ing an of­fi­cial visit to Kosovo, Ab­dul­lah said both Europe and Is­lam were un­der at­tack from the “scourge” of ter­ror­ism that could strike any­where and at any time. “We are fac­ing a third world war against hu­man­ity and this is what brings us all to­gether,” he told a press con­fer­ence.

“This is a war, as I’ve said re­peat­edly, within Is­lam,” he said, stress­ing the high num­ber of Mus­lim vic­tims of the Is­lamic State (IS) group. Ab­dul­lah said groups such as IS “ex­pose them­selves daily as sav­age outlaws of re­li­gion, de­void of hu­man­ity, re­spect­ing no laws and no bound­aries”. “So there­fore we must act fast and holis­ti­cally to tackle and re­spond to the in­ter­con­nected threats whether it is in this re­gion, Africa, Asia or in Europe,” he said.

In France’s worst-ever terror at­tacks, IS gun­men and sui­cide bombers mur­dered 129 peo­ple in co­or­di­nated on­slaughts in Paris on Fri­day night. Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity Jor­dan is, like France, a mem­ber of the US-led coali­tion bat­tling the group, which con­trols swathes of land in its neigh­bours Iraq and Syria. On Sun­day, Ab­dul­lah said fight­ing ex­trem­ism was “our fight as Mus­lims against those who aim to turn our so­ci­eties and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to­wards fa­nati­cism and ex­trem­ism”. Jor­dan says it has taken in 1.4 mil­lion Syr­i­ans flee­ing the war there since it broke out in 2011, but the UNHCR puts the fig­ure at 600,000. At least 250,000 peo­ple have died in more than four years of con­flict in Syria. —AFP

PRISTINA: Jor­da­nian King Ab­dul­lah II and Kosovo’s Pres­i­dent Atifete Jah­jaga re­view a Kosovo se­cu­rity force honor guard dur­ing a wel­com­ing cer­e­mony as part of Ab­dul­lah’s of­fi­cial visit to Kosovo yes­ter­day. — AFP

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