WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement following the Senate Armed Services Committee meeting today with King Abdullah II and regarding the announcement from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that it had executed a Jordanian pilot by burning him alive:
“The Jordanians have exemplified an unwavering commitment in their heart and with their resources to fight back against ISIL and violent extremism in the region. When I met with King Abdullah late last year, he said that the fight against extremists is global and he wants it to be led by Arab and Muslim leaders, which is why he has dedicated his country’s full military resources to the war. King Abdullah renewed his commitment today in his meeting with the committee. It is vitally important we expedite delivery of all weapons and equipment Jordanians need to fight ISIL. My prayers are with King Abdullah and the people of Jordan as they mourn the loss of one of their own soldiers. Jordan paid a costly price in this noble and necessary fight. The horrific death of First Lieutenant Maaz al-Kaseasbeh calls for a stronger resolve from America and our allies as we stand with Jordan in the ongoing war against ISIL.”
On Oct. 30, Inhofe visited Jordan where he met with King Abdullah II and toured the Jordan-Syria border. He received an update on the Syria Train and Equip program, which at that time had been funded in a September continuing resolution. He released a statement that said, “After my meetings, I remain confident in our military leaders who are tasked with carrying out this mission and the vetting process that they have put into place. King Abdullah II has been a tremendous partner to the U.S. as we work together to help defeat the threat of ISIS and work to irradiate radical Islam.”
As Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee in the 113th Congress, Inhofe supported provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015 to assist Jordan and other nations in the region in the fight against ISIL, to include authorization for the Counterterrorism Partnership Fund and authorization for a program to train and equip the Syrian opposition. In the FY’14 NDAA, Inhofe supported a provision that provided $150 million for Jordan to improve its border security.