The recent spread across Syria and Iraq of the Islamic State (IS) has stirred fears that Jordan could be next. Jordan has an important role to play in a regional coalition against the Islamic State.
In the worst-case scenario, Jordan would lean on its powerful allies, namely the US and Israel, with whom it shares a mutual interest in combating extremism.
Jordan has threatened by thef advances of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) in Syria and Iraq, and by its latest incursion into the Lebanese border town of Arsal. Propaganda broadcast online by the Islamic State's media wing suggested that Jordan and Saudi Arabia are the group's next targets.
The group continues to threaten expansion into the kingdom — whether from across the Iraqi or Syrian borders or from within Jordan itself.