Jordan planes strike IS after pilot murder

Jordan planes strike IS after pilot murder

AMMAN: Jordan said on Thursday it had launched air strikes against the Islamic State group, after vowing a harsh response to the burning alive of one of its fighter pilots.

“The Jordanian air force launched raids against positions of the Islamic State group,” said a government official, who did not want to be named.

He did not disclose where the strikes took place, saying the military would release a statement on the operation later.

Jordan has conducted regular raids against IS in Syria as part of a US-led campaign against IS, which has seized swathes of the country and of neighbouring Iraq.

The gruesome murder of airman Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who was captured by IS when his F-16 fighter plane went down in Syria in December, has boosted support in Jordan for increased military action against the jihadists.

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