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King Abdullah II Of Jordan: Muslims Must Lead Fight Against ISIS

King Abdullah II in 2011

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, King Abdullah II of Jordan declared that terrorism is the "greatest threat" to the Middle East and that Muslims must unite to lead the fight against it.

During a speech on Sunday, Abdullah told an audience that fighting Islamism is "both a regional and international responsibility," according to the Daily Star. He then went on to condemn "takfiri," the practice in radical Islam of declaring enemies to be infidels worthy of death.

"...it is mainly our battle, us Muslims, against those who seek to hijack our societies and generations with [intolerant] takfiri ideology," the king explained.

Jordan has joined in on the U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS, which has taken responsibility for killing at least 172 people in the Paris and Beirut attacks. The terrorist group has also said they were the ones who brought down a Russian plane in Egypt, killing all 224 people aboard.

"We are facing a Third World War against humanity and this is what brings us all together," Abdullah told a news conference in Kosovo, reports the Jerusalem Post.

In order to win the war, Abdullah urged humankind to "act fast to tackle the response to interconnected threats" from Daesh, the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State.

"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 added.

Jordan was one of the first Middle Eastern countries to recognize Kosovo in 2008 after it declared independence from Serbia. Now, Abdullah is calling for unity against the Islamic State and what he referred to as their "cowardly terrorist act," reports the Daily Star.

"The atrocious Paris attacks shows that scourge of terrorism can strike anywhere and any time," Abdullah said, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Sources: Daily Star, Jerusalem Post / Photo Credit: Chatham House/Wikimedia Commons

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