Israel fears Islamic State threat to Jordan as group posts third execution

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The flag of the Islamic State. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The flag of the Islamic State. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Israeli intelligence, International Relations and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz warned Sunday that Jordan is at risk of invasion from the Islamic State.

“If Jordan is in real danger from extremist jihadis, and asks for Israel’s help, Israel has a very clear interest in Jordan’s continued existence and stability,” Intelligence, International Relations and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio according to Israel Hayom.

An Israeli government official also said Saturday that Israel could launch an attack if the Islamic State invades Jordan.

“ISIS (also known as the Islamic State) entering Jordan is something that could change the situation as that may have direct security related consequences to Israel,” the official said, Reuters reported.

On Saturday the Islamic State terrorist group released a video showing the beheading British aid worker David Haines. This is the third such execution since the similarly videotaped executions of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

A United Kingdom Foreign Office spokesperson said Sunday that “all signs are that the video is genuine, reported the Wall Street Journal.

 

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