The ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq & Syria) threat to Jordan may not be as bad as the threat from within

U.S. ally King Abdullah II of Jordan and his wife Queen Rania and their son, the Prince Hashem bin Al Abdullah
U.S. and Israel ally King Abdullah II of Jordan and his wife Queen Rania with their son, the Prince Hashem bin Al Abdullah

As ISIS continues its violent jihad through Syria and Iraq, many fear that Jordan will be next. Although Jordan is one of the most modern and Westernized Muslim nations in the Middle East, it has a large contingent of radicalized Salafists who want to see Jordan turned into an Islamic fundamentalist hellhole.

At two rallies in Maan this week, scores of young men, some in black masks, raised their fists, waved home-made 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 II, a close U.S. ally, is widely viewed as a moderate in a country considered an oasis of stability in the Middle East.

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