Jordan’s airstrikes on ISIS militants are a sign this conflict will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Jordan claims dozens of bombing runs over the weekend killed as many as 7,000 ISIS militants based in Syria. Their involvement has prompted the United Arab Emirates to resume its participation in airstrikes on ISIS. Durbin says the more nations in the Middle East attacking ISIS, the better.
“We tried in Iraq and Afghanistan to export our great military force and control the situation with limited success and dramatic cost,” Durbin said. “Now what we’re trying to do is find those nations that are willing to step up and fight for security and stability in their own region and help them.”
Jordan has promised to continue striking ISIS targets as retaliation for militants burning a Jordanian pilot while he was trapped in a cage.