Jordan’s King Abdullah: ‘We are facing a Third World War’

King Abdullah of Jordan. Credit: Chatham House.

( Jordan’s King Abdullah believes that the international community is in the midst of a “Third World War” against the Islamic State terrorist organization as Russia and Egypt seek to work together to combat the jihadist group.

“We are facing a Third World War against humanity and this is what brings us all altogether,” Abdullah said in a news conference during a visit to Kosovo, Reuters reported. 

“This is a war, as I said, repeatedly within Islam and unfortunately over 100,000 Muslims have been murdered by Daesh (Islamic State) alone over the past two years, and that doesn’t also count for the atrocities like-minded groups have also done in Africa and Asia,” he said.

Abdullah added the international community needs to “act fast to tackle the response to interconnected threats.”

“The atrocious Paris attacks shows that scourge of terrorism can strike anywhere and anytime,” he said.

Meanwhile, Egypt has said it will work together with Russia on combating international terrorism following the confirmation by Russia that a bomb did indeed bring down a Russian airliner over the Sinai Peninsula in late October, killing all 224 people aboard. The Islamic State’s Sinai branch claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Egypt confirms…its full cooperation with the Russian side to end terrorism and increase international cooperation and participation on this issue,” the Egyptian government said.

Russia President Vladimir Putin also vowed payback for the bombing. 

“We will find them anywhere on the planet and punish them,” Putin said.

Posted on November 17, 2015 .