AMMAN, Feb 6, 2015:
A statement from the Jordanian armed forces said tens of jets were deployed in the attacks, which destroyed ammunition depots and training camps run by the Islamic State.
Witnesses overheard the monarch telling the pilot’s father the planes were returning from the militant-held city of Raqqa. A security source told Reuters the strikeshit targets in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor as well as near Raqqa.
The show of force came two days after the ultra-hardline Islamic State released a video showing captured Jordanian pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh being burned alive in a cage as masked militants in camouflage uniforms looked on.
“It’s actually the beginning of our retaliation over this horrific and brutal murder of our brave young pilot, but it’s not the beginning of our fight against terrorism and extremism,” Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said in an interview with CNN later on Thursday.
Several men and women were shown writing Koranic verses and anti-Islamic State slogans on what appeared to be the bombs used in the attacks.
“We’re going after them with everything that we have,” Judeh said.
US military aircraft joined the mission to provide intelligence, surveillance as well as reconnaissance and targeting support, a US official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Military commanders briefed King Abdullah after the missions about the details of the strikes, state television said. The monarch has vowed to avenge Kasaesbeh’s killing and ordered commanders to prepare for a stepped-up military role in the US-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.
State television showed a sombre King Abdullah sitting alongside the army chief and senior officials while visiting the Kasaesbeh tribal family in Aya, a village some 100km south of the capital, Amman.
The king, wearing a traditional Arab headdress, was met by cheering crowds with cries of “Long live his majesty the king, long live the king,” in traditional Bedouin chanting.
Thousands of Jordanians flocked to pay their respects. The region’s influential tribes form an important pillar of support for the Hashemite monarchy and supply thearmy and security forces with manpower.
The Jordanian monarch has vowed that the pilot’s death, which has stirred nationalist fervour across the country, will bring severe retaliation against Islamic State.
Hours after the release of the video showing the pilot burning to death, the authorities executed two al-Qaeda militants who had been imprisoned on death row, including a woman who had tried to blow herself up in a suicide bombing and whose release had been demanded by Islamic State.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJZHgFHMKNM