February 8, 2015

Jordan launches 56 revenge airstrikes against ISIS after terror group released video showing Jordanian pilot being burned alive (VIDEO) - #ISIS

The video also featured a pilot holding up a sign that reads: 'And do not think that God is unaware of what the evildoers are doing' - an apparent warning to ISIS militants
Jordan says it has carried out 56 airstrikes on Islamic State targets in revenge for the murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al Kasasbeh.
The country's air force chief said the three consecutive days of attacks were 'just the beginning' of campaigns planned in a bid to avenge the 26-year-old's death.

Last week, ISIS released a video purporting to show Kasasbeh being burnt alive in a cage as masked militants in camouflage uniforms looked on.

The act has been widely condemned as among the most sickening ever committed to film and sent waves of revulsion across the Middle East.

Today, Major General Mansour al-Jabour said: 'We achieved what we were looking for: revenge for Muath. And this is not the end. This is the beginning.'

According to Major General, the strikes - dubbed Operation Martyr Moaz in the pilot's memory - targeted ISIS's weapon depots, training centres, warehouses and military barracks.

Jordanian military experts say the kingdom could soon struggle to sustain the intensity of the past few days of air strikes, given the air force only has 40 mid-life F16 jets at its disposal.

A squadron of F16 jet fighters from the United Arab Emirates arrived in Jordan on Sunday a day after the Gulf state announced it was being sent to bolster the coalition's military effort.

It will conduct joint air strikes with Jordanian colleagues against the Islamic militants, Jordanian officials said on Saturday.

The focus of Jordan's airstrikes are reported to be Raqqa, the ISIS stronghold in Syria.

The intensified air assaults come almost one week after the extremists released the chilling footage, which sparked protests throughout Jordan.

Entitled 'Healing the Believers' Chests', the 22-minute film showed the captured airman wearing an orange jumpsuit and being seemingly doused in fuel, as a trail of petrol leading up to the iron bars of the cage is set alight.

Officials believe Kasasbeh had been killed almost one month earlier, despite ISIS attempting to carry out a prisoner exchange in return for the stricken pilot.

After the footage was released, Jordanian officials promised to retaliate harshly and quickly executed two Iraqi militants connected with ISIS.

This included Sajida al-Rishawi, the female would-be suicide bomber whose freedom ISIS had originally demanded in exchange for releasing Kasasbeh.

King Abdullah II later said Jordan's response would 'be harsh because this terrorist organisation is not only fighting us, but also fighting Islam and its pure values.'

In a statement, he pledged to hit the militants 'hard in the very centre of their strongholds'.

Days later, the country released a slickly-edited video showing its war planes being prepared for bombing strikes against ISIS jihadists in Syria.

The footage, believed to have been broadcast on state TV, was understood to have been recorded at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base and showed troops on plane-mounted missiles before the fleet of fighter jets are launched.

The clip shows uniformed people, believed to be members of the Jordanian military, writing messages in Arabic across plane-mounted missiles. One reads 'for you, the enemy of Islam'.

ISIS seized control of large areas of Iraq and Syria last year, prompting hundreds of raids by coalition war planes.

The United States and several Arab allies, including Jordan, have been striking ISIS in Syria since September 23.

Warplanes from the U.S. and other countries have been waging an air campaign against the extremists in Iraq for even longer.

The campaign aims to push back the jihadi organisation after it took large parts of Iraq and Syria and declared a 'caliphate.'

Al-Jabour said coalition planes have flown 5,500 sorties since the beginning of the air campaign, including 2,000 reconnaissance flights. He did not say whether this included flights over both Syria and Iraq. He said Jordan's air force participated in 946 sorties.

The general said about 7,000 Islamic State group militants have been killed since the beginning of the coalition airstrikes.

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