Sources: Jordan avenges pilot's execution, strikes ISIS targets in Syria

By REUTERS
February 5, 2015 15:37

Jordan's King Abdullah was visiting the pilot's family at the time of the flyover.

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Jordanian jets [illustrative]. (photo credit:REUTERS)

AMMAN - Jordanian fighter jets flew on Thursday over the hometown of a pilot killed by Islamic State terrorists after ending a mission against militants in Syria, a security official said.

Jordan's King Abdullah was visiting the pilot's family at the time of the flyover. The show of force came two days after the Islamic State released a video showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive.

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State television had earlier said the fighter jets had completed a mission without giving the location of their sortie. But a security official confirmed to Reuters the mission was in a location in Syria under Islamic State control.

Jordan's military, which is part of the US-led coalition against the group, has vowed to avenge pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh's killing.

State television showed a sombre king sitting alongside the army chief and senior officials visiting the Kasaesbeh tribal family in Aya, a village near Karak 100 km (60 miles) south of the capital Amman.

Thousands of Jordanians flocked to pay respects in traditional Arab Bedouin style in a part of the country where influential tribes form an important pillar of the Hashemite rule, supplying the army and security forces with its manpower.

"You are a wise monarch. These criminals violated the rules of war in Islam and they have no humanity. Even humanity disowns them," Safi Kasaesbeh, the father of the pilot, told the king.


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