King says Jordanians ‘let down’ by international community

Jordan’s King Abdullah II said: Jordanians have paid a high price for shouldering a heavy refugee burden and he wished ‘the world was more sympathetic to their plight.’ (AFP)
Updated 13 February 2018
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King says Jordanians ‘let down’ by international community

AMMAN, Jordan: Jordan’s King Abdullah II says that “life for Jordanians today is very, very tough” as a result of a large refugee influx and that he feels the international community has “let down our people.”
He spoke to Russia’s TASS news agency in comments published Tuesday, ahead of a trip to Russia.
Abdullah praised “the work that Russia and Jordan have done in southern Syria to bring stability” to the area bordering the kingdom and said it’s now time to push for a political solution to Syria’s seven-year-old civil war. The fighting has displaced millions of Syrians, including many who fled to Jordan.
The king says Jordanians have paid a high price for shouldering a heavy refugee burden and that he wished “the world was more sympathetic to their plight.”


Daesh demands release of Iraq women prisoners in hostage video

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Daesh demands release of Iraq women prisoners in hostage video

  • Daesh released hostage video demanding release of all Sunni women prisoners in Iraqi jails
  • The video was published on extremist online forums on Saturday

BAGHDAD: The Daesh group has released a hostage video demanding the release of all Sunni women prisoners from Iraqi jails.
The group says it is giving the government a deadline of three days before it executes the six men in the video, who identify themselves as Iraqi policemen and militiamen.
The video was published on extremist online forums on Saturday, one week after the Daesh group announced it had kidnapped 17 policemen and members of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, which are predominantly Shiite militia groups that fight for the government.
Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi has come under pressure in recent weeks for the reemergence of Daesh hostage-taking in Iraq, after the government declared victory over the militant group last year.