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Inhofe says Jordan paid "costly price" in fight against Islamic State

WASHINGTON _ Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, released a statement Tuesday after Jordanian King Abdullah II met with the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill.

The meeting came amid the news that the Islamic State had executed a Jordanian pilot by burning him alive. Inhofe visited Jordan last October and met with the king about the terrorist group.

“The Jordanians have exemplified an unwavering commitment in their heart and with their resources to fight back against ISIL and violent extremism in the region,” said Inhofe, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee.

“When I met with King Abdullah late last year, he said that the fight against extremists is global and he wants it to be led by Arab and Muslim leaders, which is why he has dedicated his country's full military resources to the war.

“King Abdullah renewed his commitment today in his meeting with the committee. It is vitally important we expedite delivery of all weapons and equipment Jordanians need to fight ISIL.

“My prayers are with King Abdullah and the people of Jordan as they mourn the loss of one of their own soldiers. Jordan paid a costly price in this noble and necessary fight. The horrific death of First Lieutenant Maaz al-Kaseasbeh calls for a stronger resolve from America and our allies as we stand with Jordan in the ongoing war against ISIL."

Chris Casteel

Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. Casteel covered the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City. From 1990 through 2016, he was the... Read more ›