In the wake of the heavy bombing campaign Jordan has carried out on the Islamic State terrorist group’s strongholds in Raqqa, Syria as retaliation for burning their pilot alive, Jordan says the group’s leader is “frightened,” and they issued him a challenge, daring him to prove them wrong.
Jordan’s Major General Mansour al-Jabour spoke with NBC News about the country’s bombing campaign from the Muwaffaq al-Salti Air Base on Sunday, reiterating previous statements that they’re gunning for the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“He is frightened by what we did in the last three days,” al-Jabour said. “We will not hesitate” to kill the group’s leader, he continued. “He is going to be on top of our list.”
On Tuesday, the Islamic State released a video showing the immolation death of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh while he was locked in a cage, which sent Jordan into a fit of rage. Jordan’s King Abdullah ibn al-Hussein had previously stated that the country won’t stop until the fundamental Islamic group was wiped off the map.
The last public appearance of Baghdadi was in July 2014, where he delivered an address declaring a caliphate while at a mosque in Mosul, Iraq. His current location is unknown, however, Major General al-Jabour issued a challenge to the self-declared caliph, who appears to be afraid to show his face.
“[ISIS leadership] always hide and they are always on the move but we have assets always in the air for an opportunity to target al-Baghdadi and his gang,” he said. “If [al-Baghdadi] is not frightened let him show himself to us and he’ll see what we can do against him.”
Jordan has been leading the renewed charge against the Islamic State, flying up to 20 sorties a day with the assistance of U.S. and other coalition aircraft. Their King has been willing to take the hardline approach against the savage group, where Western leaders have failed. Along with their aggressive military campaign in Syria, Jordan has executed a number of ISIS-linked prisoners as retaliation.
“We decided to get revenge for all the Jordanians,” al-Jabour said. “We have proclaimed this the ‘Muath Air Campaign.'”
Baghdadi should be afraid. Jordan has followed through on all of its promises, and it stands to reason that should he come out of hiding, Jordan would strike him dead where he stands.
If only our country’s “leadership” was willing to take such a strong stand against the pure evil that’s manifested itself within ISIS. Maybe then Kasasbeh wouldn’t have suffered such a horrible death since the group likely wouldn’t sill be in existence.
I don’t know about you, but I long for the day when our nation has a true leader again.