King Abdullah II of Jordan said that the coming battles against the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group will be part of a “third world war against humanity,” making remarks in the wake of the deadly ISIS-committed Paris terror attacks last week.
While on a State visit to Kosovo, Abdullah described the terror group as “savage outlaws of religion,” adding that Islam was under assault by terrorists who seek to destroy its name.
“This is a war, as I’ve said repeatedly, within Islam,” the Jordanian leader said, adding, “And unfortunately over 100,000 Muslims have been murdered by [ISIS] 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.”
Abdullah II continued, stating during his meeting with Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga: “Groups such as Daesh (ISIS) 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 added.
“The atrocious Paris attacks shows that scourge of terrorism can strike anywhere and anytime,” Abdullah II concluded.
On Tuesday, the Jordanian leader called French President Francois Hollande to express his condolences for the deadly terror attack that hit Paris on Friday, telling the French leader that Jordan remains committed to its battles against Islamic extremists.
Jordan is a member of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS. The Hashemite Kingdom ramped up its efforts against the terror group after a video surfaced of ISIS terrorists brutally executing a Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot.
On Sunday, Abdullah pledged to stay on the frontlines against ISIS because it is “our fight as Muslims.”
Jordan claims it has taken in some 1.4 million neighboring Syrians fleeing the civil war in the country. The UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, says the figure is closer to 600,000.
The ongoing civil war in Syria has taken the lives of over a 250,000 people, according to estimates.
Jordan opposes the Iran and Russia-backed Assad regime in Syria, and insists upon a political transition to end the sectarian strife.