Sometimes if you want to get the real story about what’s happening you need go closer to the source. And so The Jordan Times gives us a clear window into the advance of ISIS or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) throughout the region. The very name ISIL provides a rather large hint about the regional objectives of this Islamic terrorist organization and its next potential target: Jordan.
The Jordan Times Reports that Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) have strengthened their presence along the Iraqi border on Sunday as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) reportedly inched towards Jordanian territory. Sources said Sunday that the terror organization has opened a clandestine branch in Jordan to prepare for its expansion into the region.
According to media reports, Iraqi government forces withdrew from the western towns of Saklawisat in Ramadi and the village of Al Jisser near Fallujah, key towns in Anbar province that have been at the heart of fighting between the Iraqi military and jihadist forces since late December 2013 — which begs the question, what was the Obama administration looking at during that time?
In other words, this didn’t just happen overnight. It’s part of a long-term campaign that began in Syria and has extended further. We should have gotten the message when this ISIS/ISIL took over Ramadi and Fallujah.
Despite the “precautionary” military build-up, Jordanian security sources say the situation remains “calm” along the western Iraqi border, in contrast to the country’s shared border with Syria, which has seen several clashes between the armed forces and suspected Islamist militants over the past two weeks.
However, Jordan’s Members of Parliament on Sunday expressed worries towards the ongoing instability in Iraq, amid expectations that the Kingdom would receive another wave of refugees from the neighboring country. “The situation in Iraq and in particular on our eastern border with this country is a source of concern for everyone,” MP Bassam Manaseer said.
Meanwhile, Islamist sources claim that the Islamic State is preparing for “expansion into Jordan” as it continues to push westward through Iraq. According to jihadist sources close to ISIL, the former al-Qaida affiliate opened on Friday an “unofficial” office and branch in Jordan to usher what sources claim as expansion of the Islamic “caliphate.”
Senior members of Jordan’s hard-line Salafist movement, which keep strong ties with both Al Qaeda and the Baghdad-based ISIL, had previously mediated “understandings” with the Islamic State to forego expansion into the country in a bid to prevent ongoing jihadist civil war in Syria to spill over into the country.
In the wake of ISIL’s rapid gains in northern and western Iraq last week Jordanian jihadist sources fear that the previous pacts “are no longer being honored.” “The Islamic State seems to have reached a stage that it believes it no longer must act with cooperation or even informing its partners or the Islamic ummah (community),” said a leader of the Jordanian Salafist movement, who declined to be named due to security concerns.
Last Thursday, Saudi Arabian news network al Arabiya published a map allegedly posted by ISIL depicting its planned so-called Islamic caliphate, which featured Jordan falling under the movement’s banner.
Al-Qaida has long differed with ISIL over its approach to establishing an Islamic state in the region. The Pakistani-based al-Qaida leadership, headed by Ayman Zawahiri, has called for cooperation with local populations in bringing about an Islamic caliphate, while ISIL leaders insist that an Islamic state should be imposed by force — look at who’s winning and gaining momentum.
Let us remember that ISIS/ISIL is the resurgent al-Qaida in Iraq that was once led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The U.S. killed al-Zarqawi, but the organization is not exactly decimated and certainly not on the run.
The enemy has once again laid out its goals and objectives, and it seems Obama’s response was to play golf and make a worthless commencement address at a graduation in California. The enemy is on the move, and America under Obama once again looks weak and ineffective. How tragic will it be for our nation if it is Iran coming to the rescue?
Imagine what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must be thinking right now as his greatest fear, an Islamic caliphate is being shaped to his east?