Of the many ways in which the Middle East could get worse, these are two of the big ones: ISIS improving its military capacity and Jordan coming under increased pressure. Now, both may be happening. The Financial Times reports:
Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have captured a Jordanian pilot in Syria, after claiming to have shot down his warplane, in the first loss of an aircraft operating as part of the US-led coalition against Islamist extremists in the country.An official from Jordan’s armed forces confirmed that a warplane had been lost on Wednesday morning and that one of its pilots had been captured, according to Jordan’s state news agency.
We wrote about Jordan’s problems earlier this week. The country shares borders with Syria and Iraq, and the struggle to absorb thousands upon thousands of Syrian refugees is straining its resources. Now it has a hostage crisis on its hands. Whether, like Turkey, it treats the recovery of even one of its citizens as the highest priority, or whether it takes a harder line, remains to be seen. Either way, such a crisis may make the unrest in the country worse.Furthermore, if ISIS really has developed the ability to shoot down military jets, this is not good news. To say the least.