The king of Jordan says to fight terror, the world has "to look at it from a global perspective" and fight the various groups operating in the Middle East and Africa at the same time. 

In an interview with “60 Minutes,” airing Sunday night, he pointed to Syria and Iraq as examples, saying leaders are “telling their fighters either, ‘Don't come to Syria or Iraq,’ or moving their command structure to Libya.

"And so are we going to wait to get our act together to concentrate on Libya? And then, you know, do we wait a year or two to start helping the Africans deal with Boko Haram or Shabaab?” Abdullah the Second Bin Al Hussein asked. “We've got to get ahead of the curve because they're reacting much quicker than we are.”

He said one problem in the fight against global terror is that U.S. thinks it knows the Middle East better than the people who live there.

"The ethnic makeup of the region is pretty glaringly obvious for us that live in the region, that advisers and think tanks in the West seem to know us better than we supposedly know ourselves," he told “60 Minutes."

"I mean, Syria, when it started, everybody was saying six months. And I said, ‘Look, you know, if you're saying six months, I'm saying six years.’ We're in for the long haul, not only in Syria and Iraq, but for the whole region and for the world, unfortunately," he continued.

Asked by host Scott Pelley if a Western army would be needed to take territory back from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), he said: "At the end of the day, you can't have Western troops walking down the street of Syrian cities and villages. At the end of the day, you need the Syrians to be able to do that." 

He also criticized the U.S.'s strategy in dealing with ISIS in Syria and Iraq. 

"I think the problem with the West is they see a border between Syria and Iraq. Daesh does not. And this has been a frustration, I think, for a few of us in this area with our Western coalition partners, for several years. You know, the lawyers get into the act and say, 'But there's an international border.' And we say, 'For God's sake, ISIS doesn't work that way,'" he said. 

 

"So if you're looking at it and want to play the game by your rules, knowing that the enemy doesn't, we're not going to win this."