Jordanian Special Forces Operating Against ISIS in Iraq – Theodore Karasik (Al Arabiya)
(dailyalert.org, July 1, 2014)
Jordanian tribes are loyal to King Abdullah II. Indeed there are sleepers in Zarqa and Maan, but these individuals are being watched and monitored.
The Jordanian military and special operation forces were able to repel ISIS by entering Iraq and attacking the terrorist group’s forward advance.
Over the past week, over 100 Jordanian special operators were in Iraq and in the Ajoun and Northern Jordan Hills watching ISIS’ forward advance.
Jordanian SOF interrupted ISIS’ advances with pinpoint strikes, according to a Jordanian official.
Importantly, Israel is providing overhead imagery to Jordan to use in its fight against ISIS on its borders.
The writer is Director of Research and Consultancy at the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) in Dubai, UAE.
See also Jordan Fears Homegrown ISIS More than Invasion from Iraq – William Booth and Taylor Luck (Washington Post)
At two rallies in Maan, Jordan, this week, scores of young men waved banners bearing the logo and inscriptions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and shouted, “Down, down with Abdullah,” the king of Jordan.
Abdullah’s government has put the country’s border guard on alert, reinforced troops along its 125-mile frontier with Iraq and added tanks and armor to thwart any move into Jordan by the ISIS militants.
But more troubling to the Amman government are signs that homegrown recruits could take action in Jordan. Security analysts estimate that about 2,000 Jordanians are fighting in Syria and Iraq today, at least half of them with ISIS.