Jordan’s King Abdullah says that the world is facing another “world war” and that there must be a swift response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants and other such groups.
PRISTINA, KOSOVO (NOVEMBER 17, 2015) (REUTERS)- The world is facing another global conflict and a fast response is needed to deal with the threat, Jordan’s King Abdullah said on Tuesday (November 17).
“We are facing a Third World War against humanity and this is what brings us all altogether,” he told a news conference in Kosovo’s capital Pristina.
“This is a war, as I said, repeatedly within Islam and unfortunately over 100,000 Muslims have been murdered by Daesh alone over the past two years, and that doesn’t also count for the atrocities like-minded groups have also done in Africa and Asia,” he said after meeting Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga.
King Abdullah said the world must “act fast to tackle the response to interconnected threats” from Daesh, the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Friday’s (November 13) attacks in Paris, in which 129 people were killed, as well as for bombings in the Lebanese capital. The group has also said it brought down a Russian plane in Egypt this month, killing all 224 people aboard.
France and Russia both staged air strikes on Islamic State targets in northern Syria on Tuesday as Paris formally requested European Union assistance in its fight against the group.
“The atrocious Paris attacks shows that scourge of terrorism can strike anywhere and any time,” King Abdullah said.
The Jordanian monarch was on a one-day visit to Kosovo where he was given the highest honours by Jahjaga.
Jordan was one of the first countries in the Middle East to recognise Kosovo after it declared independence from Serbia in 2008.