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Jordanians divided over anti-IS coalition

Jordan’s decision to join the US-led coalition to fight the Islamic State has sparked a heated internal debate over the role the kingdom should play in the alliance.
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Jordan's King Abdullah II smile during a meeting at the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, September 4, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - RTR44YI4

Jordan has joined the US-led coalition to fight the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria despite Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour's Sept. 6 statement that the kingdom was not part of any international alliance and would not participate in strikes against the terror organization.

While officials have not confirmed that Jordan was now part of a regional coalition to fight IS, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Joudeh said during a Sept. 11 US-Arab ministerial meeting in Jeddah that the kingdom regards IS as a “direct and immediate threat to our national security.”

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