Debkafile: ISIS forces in southern Syria overran several Jordanian border crossings south of the Yarmouk River on Tuesday, April 5. This disastrous turn of events is illustrated by an exclusive picture obtained by debkafile of an ISIS fighter unfurling the organization’s flag at one of the crossings which sports a Jordanian flag.
The picture taken the same day shocked the royal court and the Jordanian military command in Amman.
Our military sources report that an urgent conference was called at the Military Operations Command (MOC), north of Amman to devise measures for containing the Islamic State’s leap into more territory on the Syrian-Jordanian border.
It was attended by Jordanian, American, Israeli, Saudi and UAE officers.”
Opinion: The refugee influx from Syria has completely wrecked Jordan’s fragile economy with unemployment among its youth as high as 50%. That’s a recipe for disaster.
Jordan is deeply dependent on foreign aid from the US, Europe, and Gulf states. Since the start of the Arab Spring in 2011, Jordan has received $12 billion in loan guarantees, development assistance and military aid.
Dr. Yoav Alon, a historian of the Hashemite Kingdom at Tel Aviv University and author of “The Making of Jordan: Tribes, Colonialism and the Modern State,” told The Times of Israel that the current economic situation is unsustainable.
Given that ISIS wants to topple the Kingdom of Jordan, and is testing how to use chemical weapons, a financially weak nation may become easy prey.
And Israel is right next door.