Devastating Fresh air strikes on ISIS by Jordan planes

February 7, 2015 4:04 am

Jordan said on Friday it had carried out a second straight day of air
strikes on Islamic State of and () militants to avenge a
captive Jordanian pilot burnt to death by the group.
“Sorties of
air force fighters executed several air strikes against select targets
of the Daesh [ISIS] gang,” state television said in a bulletin, using a
derogatory Arabic name for the militants, adding that the army would
announce details later.

A Royal Jordanian Air Force plane takes off from an air base to strike ISIS in the Syrian city of Raqqa Feb. 5, 2015. (Reuters)

Jordan earlier said it had sent tens of
fighter jets to pound ISIS targets in Syria on Thursday, including
ammunition depots and training camps.
On Friday, ISIS said an
American female hostage it was holding in Syria had been killed when
Jordanian fighter jets hit a building where she was being held,
according to the SITE monitoring group.
King Abdullah has vowed
to avenge pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh’s brutal killing, and ordered
commanders to prepare for a stepped-up military role in the U.S.-led
coalition against the group. But many Jordanians fear being dragged into
a conflict that could trigger a backlash by hardline militants inside
the kingdom.
Jordan is a major U.S. ally in the fight against
Islamist militants, and also hosted U.S. troops during operations that
led to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
It is home to hundreds of
U.S. military trainers bolstering defenses at the Syrian and Iraqi
borders, and is determined to keep the militants in Syria and Iraq from
crossing its frontiers.

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