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>> King Abdullah of Jordan meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis and Vice President Mike Pence, Monday, asking the US for more help against Islamic State. The visit coming as President Donald Trump rolls out measures barring entry for citizens of seven Muslim majority countries. Abdullah, the first Arab leader to hold talks with the new administration, aligning with Trump on the need to make fighting ISIS a top priority, warning repeatedly of its threat to his kingdom that borders Syria, Iraq, and Israel.
Jordan has helped the US-led coalition against IS with airstrikes, and is among the countries taking a lead in sheltering refugees from Syria's civil war. Including one camp estimated to hold almost 80,000 people. But Abdullah is worried about Islamic State militants moving towards his borders should the US succeed in driving them out of their de facto capital in Raqqa, Syria.
Islamic State allied militants killed ten people in south Jordan last December, and a captured Jordanian pilot was burned alive by the group in early 2015. Jordan is not among the countries affected by the immigration ban, which is met with fervent protests in the U.S. and abroad. Sources telling Reuters, Abdullah did raise the thorny issue of the US possibly moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, encountering strong pushback from Arab leaders in the mideast.
Abdullah is hoping to convince the Trump team to provide him with expanded military funding with less emphasis on political reforms, which the king saw as interference when working with the former president Barrack Obama.