United Arab Emirates Launches Airstrikes From Jordan Against ISIS

UAE Squadron Arrive In Jordan To Support Strikes Against IS

United Arab Emirates (UAE) fighter planes roared out of an air base in Jordan on Tuesday in order to pound Islamic State (ISIS) militant positions, an operation marking a return to combat operations by one of the United States’ closest Arab allies in the fight against the extremists.  report:

The Emirates’ decision to launch fresh airstrikes from the kingdom after a more-than-monthlong hiatus was a strong show of support for Western-allied Jordan, which has vowed a punishing response to the militants’ killing of one of its pilots. It also is likely to quiet concerns in Washington about the oil-rich Emirates’ commitment to the fight.

The seven-state federation, which includes Abu Dhabi and Dubai, stopped conducting airstrikes late last year after Jordanian Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh was captured when his plane crashed behind enemy lines, according to American officials. Al-Kaseasbeh was later burned alive in a cage by the militants.

American defense officials last week said they moved search-and-rescue aircraft closer to the battlefield, helping ease allies’ concerns about the coalition’s ability to aid downed pilots.

The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces said Emirati F-16s carried out a series of strikes Tuesday morning, according to a brief statement carried by the Gulf nation’s official WAM news agency.

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