UAE suspends anti-ISIS strikes for concerns about pilots

Mariam Al Mansouri, a UAE female fighter pilot who participated in anti-ISIS raids. File photo

ARA News 

Geneva, Switzerland – On Wednesday, U.S. officials said that the United Arab Emirates, a main Arab member in the U.S.-led international coalition against the militant group of Islamic State (IS/ISIS), had suspended its participation in the airstrikes in Syrian and Iraq since December.

The UAE’s suspension of raids against the IS locations followed the arrest of the Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh –who was reportedly burned to death by the IS militants on Tuesday. 

The Gulf Arab state has reportedly stopped its participation in the anti-IS operations for concerns about their pilot’s safety in the case of downed planes.

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 Moaz Kassasbeh who was burned alive after the failure of prisoner.


Reporting by: Lorin Silo

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