Jordan responds to ISIS execution of pilot

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Jordanian queen Rania al-Abdullah hiding picture of murdered pilot Kassasbeh during a rally in Amman. (Reuters)

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Damascus, Syria Following the execution of its pilot by militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), Jordan launched intensive airstrikes against locations of the militant group in neighboring Syria.

For three days, Jordan has been striking strongholds of the IS radical group, mainly in Raqqa province, in northeastern Syria.

On Saturday, Jordanian local media cited officials saying their air force renewed raids against the IS extremists’ military units for the third consecutive day.

“IS-held Raqqa was a main target for our warplanes.”

The Jordanian intensified operations within the U.S.-led international coalition come days after IS radicals burned pilot Moaz Kassasbeh to death.

The Al-Furqan Media Foundation of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) rereleased a video Tuesday evening, in which the group claimed responsibility for the execution of the imprisoned Jordanian pilot by burning him alive in a cage.

Also, IS-linked media sources published pictures of the execution carried out against pilot Kassasbeh who was burned alive.

The Islamic State has also allocated financial reward for each militant able to kill or injure Jordanian pilots to prevent them from participating in the international coalition’s strikes against the group. 

 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

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