Jordanian MPs Demand: Let's Stay Out of Fight with IS

A group of Jordanian deputies demand the kingdom stay out of any war against Islamic State jihadists.

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A group of Jordanian deputies demanded on Wednesday that the kingdom stay out of any war against Islamic State jihadists who have captured swathes of territory in neighboring Iraq and Syria, AFP reports.

21 MPs, who represent various factions in the 150-seat parliament, sent a memorandum to speaker Atef al-Tarawneh demanding "the government not involve Jordan (in the fight) against the Islamic State", the report said.

"This war is not our war. Accordingly, we reject categorically any Jordanian contribution in a battle that is not ours," they said in the document seen by AFP.

"We do not want to be dragged into an international coalition," said Khalil Attia, one of the deputies who signed the memorandum.

Jordan's King Abdullah is to attend a NATO summit on Thursday of Western leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama, according to the report.

The summit in Newport, Wales is expected to focus on the threat of the Islamic State, as well as the conflict in Ukraine.

Ahead of the gathering, Obama called for an international front against the jihadists after they beheaded a second American journalist, with Britain and France weighing military action.

In June, former National Security Council director Yaakov Amidror warned against the Islamic State moving in on Jordan and posing a threat to Israel, adding that if Jordan requested Israeli assistance in preventing its border with Iraq from being overrun by the group, Israel would have little choice but to help.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu later asked the international community to support Jordan in the fight against Islamic extremism and to back the independence of Iraq's Kurds.