A Jordanian pilot hideously burned to death by ISIS....
In a sickening video (image only) released yesterday made with Hollywood-style production values ISIS immolated a Jordanian pilot, apparently on Jan. 3; this means that the negotiations ISIS called for were bogus. In retaliation Jordan executed two jihadi prisoners, one the female terrorist that ISIS sought to get freed; the woman as sentenced to death for her role in the 2005 triple-hotel wedding bombing in Amman that killed 60. ISIS holds more hostages, including at least one American.
The video surfaced the very day that Jordanian King Abdullah II arrived in Washington, DC. The execution triggered protests in Jordan. According to Edward "Skip" Gnehm, ex-US ambassador to Jordan, the country will react the opposite way ISIS desires; rather than surrender the Jordanians will intensify their anti-ISIS efforts.
As of Feb. 2, 2015 there have been 2,247 US airstrikes in 6 mos., a measly 12-1/2 strikes per day. Though Jordan's military is well-trained, and though King Abdullah's military training led him to create Jordan's Special Operations Training Center (6:39) in Amman, it will need substantial help from the US & from Gulf State allies. (Turkey cd help, but its Islamist leader is unlikely to do so.)
Here, from the King's official website, is his educational background, civilian & military, in US & UK:
King Abdullah began his education at the Islamic Educational College in Amman. He later attended St. Edmund's School in Surrey, England, and concluded his high school education at Deerfield Academy in the United States. Later, he pursued advanced studies at Pembroke College, Oxford, and Georgetown University.
The young prince was a man of action on the athletic field and the training ground. In 1980, he enrolled in the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst (UK) and was commissioned as second lieutenant in 1981. He served in the British Army in the 13/18th Royal Hussars Regiment, with duties as a reconnaissance troop leader in the United Kingdom and Germany.
In 1985, then-Prince Abdullah returned to Jordan to serve in the armed forces (Armoured Corps, 3rd Division). Rising through the ranks to lieutenant-colonel, he attended advanced military courses in both Jordan and the UK. Among other duties, he served on attachment to the Special Forces and qualified as a Cobra attack helicopter pilot. After service as commander of the 2nd Armoured Battalion, 40th Armoured Brigade, he was named deputy commander, Jordanian Special Forces, in January 1993.
In November 1993, Prince Abdullah became commander of Jordan's Special Forces. In 1996, he was given the task of reorganising the Special Forces and other elite units into the new Special Operations Command (SOCOM). In 1998, as SOCOM commander, he was promoted to the rank of major general.
America shd have a leader whose educational background matches that!
Bottom Line. The jihadist challenge will continue to metastasize until the West revs up its military, economic & ideological resources and takes the fight to the utterly barbaric, absolutely implacable foe.
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