Jordan’s Interior Minister Hussein al-Majali said Jordanian forces will fight the terrorist group Islamic State “wherever they are”, state-run al-Rai newspaper reports. The Jordanian minister added that last week’s air strikes were just “the beginning of an ongoing process to eliminate them and wipe them out completely.”
Jordan intensified its air strikes after one of their young fighter pilot was burned alive last week. Initial reports said 55 including a top commander known as the Prince of Nineveh of Islamic State were killed.
“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 their own ground,” King Abdullah II said.
United Arab Emirates confirmed on Saturday that it sent one squadron of F-16 to Jordan, resuming its participation in U.S.-led airstrikes on The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Fox News reports. UAE pulled out its air force after a Jordanian pilot was captured by IS last December in Syria. The Jordanian pilot was burned alive last week.