Jordanian honor guards perform during a ceremony to honor war veterans and retired servicemen during Veterans Day, as part of celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Great Arab Revolt, at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, February 15, 2016. Muhammad Hamed / Reuters
Further, the Hashemite Kingdom’s economy faces serious challenges, with youth unemployment at 28.8 percent, according to the International Labor Organization’s most recent statistics. The economic situation has surely pushed some of the Jordanians—approximately 2,000—who have left the country to join ISIS, according to government officials. (A Lebanese study recently cited by U.S. Assistant Defense Secretary Michael Lumpkin has noted that financial considerations are a significant factor, but certainly not the only one, pushing civilians to enlist in ISIS.)
In other words, the country seems primed for trouble. But ISIS has not carried out a single large-scale attack inside the kingdom. Deaths inside the country from ISIS-linked incidents stand at five at most, even
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