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Jordan's King Abdullah Vows 'Harsh' War on ISIS After Pilot's Murder

Jordan's king vowed to wage a "harsh" war against ISIS after the militants burned a captive pilot in a cage and released a video of the killing.

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan's king vowed to wage a "harsh" war against ISIS after the militants burned a captive pilot in a cage and released a video of the killing. The images have sent waves of revulsion across the region.

King Abdullah II consulted with military chiefs Wednesday, after cutting short a U.S. trip, to formulate a response. Jordan is part of a U.S.-led military alliance that has been bombing ISIS targets in Syria for nearly five months.

In a statement, the king said Jordan is waging a war of principles against the militants. He said that Jordan's response to the killing of the pilot "will be harsh because this terrorist organization is not only fighting us, but also fighting Islam and its pure values." Abdullah pledged to hit ISIS militants "hard in the very center of their strongholds."

Jordanian officials have not presented details of their response, but said they would be working closely with their allies in the anti-ISIS coalition. In Washington, leading members of Congress have called for increased U.S. military assistance to the kingdom. Currently, the United States is providing Jordan with $1 billion annually in economic and military assistance.

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- The Associated Press