UAE stops airstrikes in anti-Islamic State coalition

February 4, 2015 21:27

WASHINGTON - The United Arab Emirates has withdrawn from flying air strikes in the US-led international coalition campaign against Islamic State fighters, who are occupying parts of Iraq and Syria, US officials said on Wednesday.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the UAE had suspended its participation in the air campaign after a Jordanian airforce plane went down over Syria in December. The pilot was captured and subsequently killed.

"I can confirm that UAE suspended air strikes shortly after the Jordanian pilot's plane went down, but let me be clear that UAE continues to be an important and valuable partner that is contributing to the coalition," one official said.

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