Jordan’s king Abdullah called the fight against Islamic State a third world war, in an interview on Monday about how to best respond to Islamic State.
“This is a third world war by other means. This brings Muslims, Christians, other religions together in this generational fight,” Abdullah said an interview with CNN.
The Jordanian king added that the fight against Islamic State is is not just a Western fight but one within Islam as well. “Everybody comes together against these outlaws.”
The Hashemite kingdom has taken a more active role in the US-led air campaign against ISIS after the videotaped immolation of Muath al-Kasaesbeh, a Jordanian air force pilot who was shot down by ISIS and taken captive in Syria.
Abdullah said he has not seen the clip, which was released on social media and shocked the Arab and Muslim world.
“I – many of us refused to see what I think is propaganda,” the king told CNN.
Abdullah said he felt “disgust, sadness for the family” and his “heart went out to the father, the mother, the brothers, the sisters.”
“His wife, they’d only been married for five months. (I felt) anger as the son of the Arab army, Jordanian armed forces. God bless his soul. He’s a brother in arms.”
“All soldiers past and present were disgusted by the brutality of what Moath was put through,” Abdullah said.