ISIS Hideouts and militants Destroyed by Jordan air strikes

February 9, 2015 5:35 am
Jordan says it has carried out 56 air strikes in three days on Islamic State logistics sites and hideouts.

“We achieved what we aimed at,” Air Force chief said.
Jordan intensified its strikes after captured pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh was shown being burned alive by IS.

Jordanian aircraft flew over the pilot’s village, south of Amman, a day after of his death shocked Jordan
Jordan has carried out nearly 20% of all sorties by the
US-led coalition against IS in so far, Gen Jbour said, adding: “We
are determined to wipe them from the face of the Earth.”
IS seized control of large areas of and Syria last year, prompting hundreds of raids by coalition war planes.
The focus of Jordan’s air strikes is reported to be Raqqa, the IS stronghold in Syria, but no specifics were given.
Gen Jbour said the strikes had degraded nearly 20% of the militants’ capabilities.
Jordan announced it conducted dozens of air strikes on the
(Islamic State) group that murdered one of its pilots, as part of an
international assault Washington says is bearing fruit.
Air Force chief Major General Mansour al-Jobour told reporters the kingdom had launched 56 air raids on Isis since Thursday.
the first day of the campaign to avenge our airman Maaz al-Kassasbeh,
19 targets were destroyed, including training camps and equipment,” he
said, reading from a prepared text.
Jordan has vowed to crush
Isis after the jihadists burned alive Kassasbeh, who was captured in
December when his F-16 warplane went down in Syria.
Eighteen more targets including ammunition and fuel depots and logistics centres were hit on Friday.

On Saturday, 19 Isis targets were destroyed, including barracks and residential centres.
far, the campaign has destroyed 20 per cent of the fighting
capabilities of Daesh,” he said using another name for Isis which
controls swathes of both Syria and Iraq.
Jordan is part of the
US-led coalition of Arab and Western countries that has been carrying
out air strikes against Isis since September.
State media
reported that a squadron of United Arab Emirates F-16 fighter jets
arrived Sunday in Jordan escorted by pilots and technicians.
transporters and refuelling planes were part of the squadron sent to on
the orders of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, the
Petra news agency said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said
the aerial campaign on Isis in Iraq and Syria was beginning to win back
territory seized by the jihadists and deprive the group of key funds.
There have been 2,000 air strikes on IS since the coalition’s formation in August, Kerry told the Munich Security Conference.
air war had helped to retake some 700 square kilometres of territory,
or “one-fifth of the area they had in their control,” he said.
The top US diplomat did not specify whether the regained territory was in Iraq or Syria.
he added the coalition had “deprived the militants of the use of 200
oil and gas facilities… disrupted their command structure… squeezed
its finance and dispersed its personnel.”
– ‘Turning point’ –
Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said that while the bombing campaign had
“degraded” Isis capability, the group was still in control of “vast
“They still have access to Syria’s cash and funds.
They have access to weaponry. They’re not gone as a threat yet,” Judeh
told ABC television.
Interior Minister Hussein Majali said in
remarks published on Saturday that Kassasbeh’s gruesome murder by Isis
was a “turning point” in the kingdom’s fight against extremism.
day of the hero, martyr pilot’s assassination is a turning point in
Jordan’s history in order to face this horrific crime that was committed
by the cowardly terrorist organisation,” he said.
Jobour said more than 7,000 Isis militants had been killed since Jordan began participating in coalition air strikes.
Jordan’s intensified sorties, the group claimed US hostage Kayla Jean
Mueller had been buried alive under rubble in its self-proclaimed
capital of Raqa in Syria.
Mueller’s parents said they were
hopeful the 26-year-old aid worker was still alive and appealed to Isis
to contact them in order to ensure her safe return.
On Sunday, US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Washington was seeking clarification on Mueller’s fate.
learning as much as we can as quickly as we can about Ms. Mueller’s
situation,” he told CNN. “Our thoughts, our prayers are with her family
right now.”
Also on Sunday, the Lebanese army received a shipment
of US weapons worth $25 million to help fight jihadists who have staged
incursions from Syria.

Gen Jbour briefing the media

Gen Jbour says Jordan’s plan of destroying Islamic State is being carried out

IS militants said that one of the strikes killed US aid worker Kayla Mueller, although the claim could not be verified.
A video of Lt Kasasbeh, 26, being burned alive in a cage, was posted online by IS earlier this week.
He was captured by the militants in December after his F-16
fighter jet crashed in Syria. The video is believed to have been filmed
on 3 January.
Jordan had offered to swap Sajida al-Rishawi, a failed female
suicide bomber, for the captured pilot. Jordan executed Rishawi and
another convicted al-Qaeda operative on Wednesday.


Timeline: Jordanian pilot held hostage

File photo: Moaz Youssef al-Kasasbeh

Lt Moaz al-Kasasbeh had been held hostage since his plane came down on 24 December

24 December 2014: Jordanian Lt Moaz Youssef al-Kasasbeh captured by IS after his plane crashes
25 December 2014: Pilot’s father urges IS to show mercy
20 January 2015: IS threatens to kill two Japanese hostages unless Japan pays $200m ransom within 72 hours
24 January: IS releases video of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding a picture apparently showing Haruna Yukawa’s decapitated body
24 January: IS calls for release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi militant sentenced to death in Jordan
28 January: Jordan offers to release Rishawi in exchange for Lt Kasasbeh
29 January: Deadline to kill Lt Kasasbeh and Mr Goto expires
31 January: Video released appearing to show Kenji Goto’s body
3 February: Video released appearing to show Lt Kasasbeh burnt alive, with Jordanian media suggesting he was killed weeks earlier..

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