The Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh has said that Jordanian air strikes on Islamic State (ISIS) targets are “the beginning of our retaliation” for the killing of a captured Jordanian pilot. While talking to media he asserted that Jordan was going after ISIS “with everything that we have”.
Previously, Jordan had only bombed ISIS sites in Syria, but according to Mr Judeh Jordan is now also targeting ISIS in Iraq. This infuriated retaliation comes after terror group ISIS released a video showing Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh being burned alive in a cage.
Moreover, after carrying out strikes, the Jordanian war planes flew over Lt Kasasbeh’s home village. The warplanes flight coincided with a visit to the village by Jordanian King Abdullah II, who was meeting the pilot’s family. Jordan’s king has vowed to intensify the fight against ISIS. Nevertheless, Jordan is already part of the US-led coalition fighting against the ISIS terror group.
Jordan’s Lt Kasasbeh, was 26-year-old and was captured by the militants in December, 2014 after his F-16 fighter jet crashed in Syria. However most recently, ISIS released a video showing the pilot’s execution.