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Mac Thornberry: US Must Take Stronger Role Against Radical Islam

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Feb 2015 06:06 PM

The United States should be taking a bigger role in the fight against radical Islam, says Rep. Mac Thornberry, especially after the burning death of a Jordanian pilot at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS.)

Jordan's King Abdullah is in Washington to request weapons and equipment to fight the group, which has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria, both of which border Jordan.

"I think the events of today point out to all of us hopefully just how urgent that demand is," Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"They're on the front lines."

Thornberry said Jordan is eager to get more involved in the battle, but has a small army and can't do it alone.

"I hope the United States will play a more active role not only with Jordan, but with other interested countries, to push back not only against the specific physical acts but against the ideology that is growing larger and larger around the world," Thornberry said.

He praised Abdullah and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for publicly stating that the actions of ISIS, al-Qaida and other terrorist groups do not represent Islam. He said the United States should push other Muslim clerics and national leaders to do the same.

The United States must ramp up its social media presence as well to fight the online recruitment efforts of ISIS, he said.

"We can't do this alone. We can't even be at the front of the battle," Thornberry said. "But the United States has a key facilitating role in battling this, and we really haven't been doing that."

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The United States should be taking a bigger role in the fight against radical Islam, says Rep. Mac Thornberry, especially after the burning death of a Jordanian pilot at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS.)
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