Muslims must unite with Jews and Christians to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the other militant groups, according to Jordan's King Abdullah II.
In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Network (ABC), King Abdullah II said bringing down ISIS should be the priority of everybody. This feat, according to the Jordanian king, cannot be achieved without the help of Christians, Jews, and other countries and religions.
"We're actually all in the same trench — Muslims, Christians, and Jews against what I keep calling the outlaws of our religion. This thing is not just located in Syria or Iraq," King Abdullah told ABC. "It's in Libya — we're dealing with Boko Haram and Shabab, you have the Al Taliban, and actually, in this neck of the woods, you also have your challenges. So unless we look at this in a global, holistic approach, we're never going to win."
At the beginning of the interview, the Jordanian king also tackled the possible change that a Donald Trump presidency could bring to the Middle East. King Abdullah thinks the next U.S. president will reform the status quo in several issues, but said they would have to wait and see what strategy Trump will adopt in light of the conflict in Syria and the surrounding region.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Special Forces have driven ISIS fighters from three more regions in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Brig. Gen. Haider Fadhil said his troops are also closing in on the militant group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Daily Mail reports.
It is thought that al-Baghdadi had already ordered the execution of his close confidant Abu Abdullah including the latter's wife and three children. The move reportedly aimed to prevent Abdullah from giving away crucial information if he is captured by Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul.
Even though the ISIS is on the path to losing the battle for Mosul, the jihadist group is still trying to fight back. On Thursday, it claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad which left 70 people dead.