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Lindsey Graham: Islamists Could Overrun Jordan Within a Year

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Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 08:57 PM

By Greg Richter

Something must be done to rein in al-Qaida's influence in Syria, or Jordan may fall to Islamists, says Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have been critical of President Barack Obama for failing to help Syrian rebels quickly enough. Now, many rebel groups have been infiltrated by al-Qaida.

There is still time to get help to the Free Syrian Army, Graham said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren." The United States must act to prevent a takeover of the entire Middle East by radical Islamists, he said.

Jordan's King Abdullah II "is one of the solutions, not the problem," Graham said, pointing out that Jordan has a peace treaty with neighboring Israel.

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Islamists have taken over Fallujah, Iraq, and have their eyes on other cities in an effort to rid the region of Western influence, Graham said.

Jordan could easily be overrun by radical Islamists, Graham warned.

"That will happen a year from now or less if something doesn't change in Syria," he said.

The United States must also continue to push sanctions on Iran as it works toward building nuclear weapons, he said. The Obama administration in late 2013 made a six-month temporary deal with Iran that was criticized by members of Congress from both parties.

Just last week, Iranian lawmaker and cleric Muhammad Nabavian said his country could build a nuclear weapon in a matter of weeks in order to "put down Israel."

"If the ayatollahs get a nuke," Graham said, "God help the Israeli people."

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