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King of Jordan warns Islamic State on rise again

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Monday 13 Jan 2020

King Abdullah of Jordan on Monday warned that the Islamic State group was regrouping and was once again on the rise in the Middle East.

Months after the ousting of IS last year from their last Syrian holdout, Abdullah said his "major concern is that we have seen over the past year the re-establishment and rise of Isis, not only in southern eastern Syria but also in western Iraq.

"We have to deal with the reemergence of Isis," the king added in an interview with TV channel France 24 ahead of talks this week in Brussels, Strasbourg and Paris. He also said many foreign fighters from Syria were now in Libya.

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"Whatever happens in Tehran will affect Baghdad, Amman, Beirut, the Israeli Palestinian process."

Abdullah added that the recent deployment of Turkish troops in a training capacity to Libya "will only create more confusion" in the country.

Both sides in Libya's conflict agreed to a ceasefire from Sunday to end nine months of fighting, following weeks of international diplomacy and calls for a truce by power-brokers Russia and Turkey.

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