- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 10, 2001

BERLIN The fight against terrorism is a "new war" that could last 10 to 15 years, Jordan's King Abdullah II said in an interview with the German magazine Stern to be published tomorrow.
Air strikes "in the worldwide struggle against terrorism are going to remain very limited," but this "new war could last 10 to 15 years," said King Abdullah, who is to meet with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in Berlin tomorrow.
King Abdullah described the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 as "very measured." The Americans "are not just taking a military stance, but also a humanitarian one," he said, referring to air drops of food inside Afghanistan and other relief efforts.
The Jordanian monarch told Stern that Saudi extremist Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network could strike again and mount attacks "even more spectacular than those of Sept. 11." He said that bin Laden's followers want "a war of cultures and of societies."
Turning to the Middle East, King Abdullah called for a return to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians to dissipate anger and frustration.
He offered to act as a mediator if both sides request his help, but added that direct talks would be better.

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