Tag: Jordan

Emirates launches airstrikes from Jordan on Islamic State

The United Arab Emirates launched airstrikes Tuesday against the Islamic State group from an air base in Jordan, marking its return to combat operations against the militants after it halted flights late last year.   The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces said Emirati F-16s carried out a series of strikes Tuesday morning, according […]

Jordan Says ISIS is ‘20% Defeated’

Jordan announced it has carried out dozens of air strikes on the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, as a top US envoy said Iraqi troops would begin a major ground offensive against the jihadists in the weeks ahead.   Jordanian air force chief Major General Mansour al-Jobour said Sunday the kingdom had launched 56 air raids since Thursday as part […]

Jordanian escalation against ISIS may lead to surge in terror attacks in Kingdom

Jordan’s move to intensify its military operations against Islamic State in response to the burning alive of its air force pilot may lead to terrorist attacks in the kingdom.   Jordanian fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Syria on Thursday, a day after King Abdullah called for more action against the group.   Islamic […]

The war against Islamic State: It will be a long haul

The repertoire of new horrors keeps expanding. On February 3rd the jihadists of Islamic State (IS) released a video showing the immolation of Flight Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh, a Jordanian pilot captured after he ejected from his F-16 jet, over Syria in December. The sickening footage appears calculated to attract potential IS recruits; scare and provoke its […]

Israeli minister urges West to give more arms to Kurds, Jordan

Western states should provide more weapons to Jordan, Egypt, Kurdish forces and certain opposition forces in Syria, Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on the sidelines of the Munich Security conference on Friday.   Israeli officials had previously stopped short of making such explicit calls, citing concern that such groups would face added hostility […]

AI Condemns Jordan for Executing Terrorists

Amnesty International has condemned Jordan for executing Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in “revenge” for the group burning Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh alive on camera.   “The Jordanian authorities are rightly horrified by this utterly reprehensible killing but the response should never be to resort to the death penalty, which itself is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading […]

Jordan executes 2 al-Qaeda prisoners

In Washington, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and President Barack Obama vowed in a hastily arranged White House meeting not to let up in the fight against the Islamic State group. Jordan, a staunch Western ally, is a member of the coalition. In a first response to the killing of the pilot, Jordan executed Sajida al-Rishawi […]

Jordan launches new airstrikes after vowing harsh war on IS

Jordanian warplanes bombed Islamic State targets on Thursday, state TV said, after the country’s king vowed to wage a “harsh” war against the militants who control large areas of neighboring Syria and Iraq.   The military confirmed the airstrikes, but did not provide details. Jordan TV, quoting military officials, reported that the strikes targeted Islamic […]

Jordan’s king vows ‘relentless’ war against ISIS after pilot burned alive

Jordan’s King Abdullah vowed a relentless war against Islamic State on their own territory, state television quoted him as saying during a security meeting on Wednesday.   “We are waging this war to protect our faith, our values and human principles and our war for their sake will be relentless and will hit them in […]

King Abdullah II, Warrior and Interfaith Peacemaker

The Islamic State group has issued a series of ghastly videos showing the beheading of British and American captives. The most recent video, released on February 3rd, was the first one to depict a prisoner being burned alive. While many world leaders have been challenged to respond to the shocking depth of the Islamic State’s […]