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Jordan faces 'ideological battle' with IS - former deputy PM

Jordan's King Abdullah II has promised to fight back hard against Islamic State, saying that the death of a Jordanian pilot at the militants' hands will not be in vain.

The remarks were made as the king held a crisis meeting with security chiefs.

He cut short a trip to the United States after IS posted a video showing pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh being burned alive.

Jordan executed two convicts, including failed female suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi, in response.

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Jordan, Marwan Muasher, told the BBC: "This is an ideological battle as well as a military one".

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