SHAFAQNA – Islamic State (ISIS) poses a direct threat to the “entire civilised world”, the Queen of Jordan has declared, as she urged Muslims around the world to rise up against the terror group.
Queen Rania – one of the most influential women in the Arab world – launched a scathing attack on the fanatical ISIS regime.
In her boldest words yet on the crisis in the Middle East, the 44-year-old royal railed against the “menace” that is ISIS.
She also joined calls from world leaders including French President Francois Hollande for direct action to save priceless archaeological ruins at risk of being destroyed.
Much of international community has so far been reluctant to intervene in the worsening conflict, with only a rhetorical condemnation of the savage acts of violence.
Speaking about the fall of Palmyra, the ancient Unesco World Heritage Site in central Syria that was captured by ISIS last week, she said it was “heartbreaking” that the unique artefacts were at risk.
She told reporters, “We are custodians of such treasures, and we should not stand by idly while important cultural artifacts are being destroyed.”
Queen Rania said the war against ISIS must be led by Muslims and Arabs, with the support of Britain and other allies in the Western world.
She also stressed the importance of countering the terror group’s hate-filled propaganda messages, warning that ISIS had spread with remarkable ease because of modern technology.
She said: “The biggest irony is that groups like IS use modern tools such as social media to propagate medieval messages.
“It took groups like al-Qaeda many years to come to the fore, but groups like IS use modern technology to reach prominence more quickly.”
The Queen, who is married to Abdullah II bin al-Hussein, the King of Jordan, has four children, said she was “terrified” about the consequences of several recent ISIS victories.
She said: “It’s not a question of whether they are defeated, because if they are not defeated then what kind of environment will we leave for our children?
“One of beheadings, rapes, burnings, we have to think of what kind of humanity we want.”
Her comments follow US air raids on the city of Ramadi, close to the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
The town fell to ISIS earlier in the week, forcing thousands to flee the violence.
However, in a desperate bid to safeguard Baghdad, Iraq’s security services blocked key gateways to the city, stranding vulnerable refugees on the outskirts of the capital.
The US military confirmed the anti-ISIS coalition had staged 22 air strikes in the last 24 hours, including four near Ramadi.
The US and its allies also attacked five ISIS sites in Syria between Friday and Saturday, a statement from the Combined Joint Task Force said.