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Jordanians, Britons in Africa to tackle al-Shabab 'in world war against terror'

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A picture released by Jordan's Royal Palace on March 2, 2016 shows Jordan's King Abdullah II. (MEE)

Jordanian and British special forces are secretly working together thousands of miles away in Africa, allegedly to fight al-Shabab terrorists in Somalia, a report claims.

Middle East Eye exclusively “revealed” the news, depicting the deployment as part of war on Daesh Takfiris, to which the militants are apparently linked.

The online news portal quoted Jordanian king Abdullah II as making the announcement among US congressional leaders in January.

The forces Abdullah introduces as part of the campaign include those  with the British Army’s Special Air Service (SAS).

"The UK’s SAS is now getting involved in operations with Jordanian special forces," Abdullah said, according to a detailed account of the meeting seen by MEE. “Jordan is looking at al-Shabab because no one was really looking at the issue, and we cannot separate this issue, and the need to look at all the hot spots in the map.”

The Jordanian king further spoke of “a rapid deployment force that will stand with the British and Kenya and is ready to go over the border.”

He added that “we started with al-Shabab, as they feed into Libya,” where Takfiri militants affiliated with ISIL have taken advantage of the power vacuum to gain territories.

Demonstrators attend a protest against al-shabab outside Lido beach in the Somali capital Mogadishu, on January 28, 2016.

‘Chewing gum’ in East Africa

The meeting was attended by high-ranking US officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry as well as Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Coker.

The king told the Americans that Amman was focusing “on the bigger picture and we are in world war against terror, inside Islam with the outlaws of Islam.”

He also suggested that other world countries were not doing anything for the militancy in the region other than “walking and chewing gum.”

“The problem is bigger than ISIL, this is a third world war, this is Christians, Jews working with Muslims against Khawarej, outlaws,” he said. “The US is supplying the equipment and we are coordinating the efforts and once we get beyond the politicians, the staffers get things done.”

Why Britons?

The Jordanian special forces would be embedded with their British counterparts, Abdullah said, noting that the US was too cautious in alleged fight on ISIL.

The king, who has briefly served as a British army officer himself, outlined the problems the government in Somalia has in tackling terrorism.

At the meeting he had with the war-ravaged country’s president, he “started explaining the challenges and said everyone is helping but there is no coordination, and that all soldiers are being trained differently, and that they have no helicopters or UAVs.”

“We should decide how to train Somalis, and we can also coordinate to better allocate resources so we don’t stumble on each other instead of everybody just looking at ISIL.”

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government.

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