After considering a request from Jordan for Predator spy drones that would help the U.S. ally locate and kill Islamic State militants, the Obama Administration has finally returned with an answer: No.
According to the Washington Times, Predators have played an important role in United States-led air strikes against ISIS up to this point. Because of the way the terror group has been able to hole itself up all around the Middle East, it can be difficult to hit its fighters with accuracy – even for a country that borders Iraq and Syria like Jordan.
The drones that Jordan is requesting are manufactured by a San Diego-based company, General Atomics, that has requested a license to export the product to Jordan. The Obama administration, however, has denied their license request.
Jordan hasn’t allowed this setback to slow them down, though. Following the release of the filmed execution of one of their nation’s military pilots, King Abdullah II ordered swift retaliation. In the two days that followed, Jordan has rained down airstrikes on the Syrian town of Raqqa with F-16s.
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Still, some lawmakers feel that the Obama Administration should reconsider and do more to assist Jordan.
Rep. Duncan Hunter from California sent President Obama a letter urging him to think about how beneficial it would be for Jordan to get what they asked for.
“The decision to deny the license request should be reversed immediately,” he wrote. “Doing so will provide Jordan critical mission capability in the fight against the Islamic State and ensure Jordan is given every advantage.
“Jordan has made requests for specific resources, including ammunition,” he continued. “Given our mutual interests, and our strong relationship, it’s absolutely critical that we provide Jordan the support needed to defeat the Islamic State.”
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Despite the letter, the Obama administration appear steadfast in their decision. Currently, the Obama administration is providing Jordan with $1 billion in aid.