Saturday, February 7, 2015

United Arab Emirates (UAE) deploys F-16 jet squadron to Jordan to fight ISIL/ISIS

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered a squadron of F-16 fighter jets to be deployed to Jordan to support the country's airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), having earlier suspended its involvement...

UAE's official WAM news agency said on Saturday that Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, deputy head of the country's armed forces, had ordered the move.
WAM said the deployment was aimed at supporting Jordan's military in the fight against "the brutal terrorist organization" ISIL, without specifying the number of aircraft involved or their role.

A Jordanian official, speaking anonymously to the AP news agency, said that the UAE fighter jets will participate in airstrikes on ISIL targets.

The Reuters news agency, citing a Jordanian army source, also said that the UAE's move would help intensify air strikes on the armed group.
"They will be based in Jordan. This is a big boost and will be helping our brothers shorten their flying distances and intensify strikes against the militants in Jordan," the anonymous military source said.
Both Jordan and the UAE are members of a US-led military coalition against ISIL.
The UAE hosts air bases used by US and coalition partners.

'Wherever they are'

Late last year, the UAE suspended its airstrikes against ISIL after a Jordanian pilot crashed over northern Syria and was captured by the fighters, US officials had said, although the UAE never commented on that suspension.

ISIL recently released a video showing them burning the Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kassasbeh, to death while he was trapped in a cage. The images angered Jordan and the region.

Jordan has pledged harsh retaliation and its jets have carried out daily attacks since Thursday, according to the military and state media.

In comments published on Saturday, Hussein al-Majali, Jordan's interior minister, told the state-run al-Rai newspaper that his country would go after ISIL fighters "wherever they are".

The most recent airstrikes are "the beginning of a continued process to eliminate them and wipe them out completely," he said of the fighters who control about a third of neighbouring Syria and Iraq.

The heightened confrontation has raised concerns about possible ISIL attacks in Jordan.

The minister said security services have a tight grip and are ready for "anyone who wants to interfere in the security of Jordan".

He urged Jordan to report suspicious behavior, particularly in neighborhoods with large numbers of non-Jordanians.



  1. Coalition planes bomb IS 'capital' in Syria...

    Coalition warplanes pounded a stronghold of the Islamic State group in Syria Saturday amid uncertainty over the fate of a US hostage the jihadists claim was killed in an earlier raid.

    The United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, said it would station a squadron of F-16 warplanes in Jordan to support it in strikes against the IS who burned alive a captured Jordanian airman.

    The parents of American Kayla Jean Mueller said they were "hopeful" she was still alive, after IS said she had been buried under rubble following a strike by a Jordanian warplane on their self-proclaimed capital Raqa.............

  2. The United Arab Emirates resumed its airstrike campaign against the Islamic State (ISIL) on Tuesday, after a brief suspension of the bombing campaign as a result of pilot safety concerns...

    "Aircraft of the F-16 squadron based in Jordan launched raids this morning against positions of the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist organisation, hitting their targets and returning safely to base," the country's armed service command announced.................

  3. UAE fighter planes bombed targets of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and safely returned to their bases in Jordan, the state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday...

    "Aircraft of the F-16 squadron based in Jordan launched raids this morning against positions of the Daesh (IS) terrorist organisation, hitting their targets and returning safely to base," the UAE armed forces command said.

    Meanwhile, the U.S. military coalition partners struck four ISIS units amid 11 air strikes in Iraq since early Monday, the U.S. military said in a statement.

    The strikes, near seven Iraqi cities including Tal Afar, Kirkuk and Bayji, also hit an ISIS bunker, fighting
    positions, a checkpoint and other targets, said the statement released on Tuesday...................

  4. Renewed air strikes by the United Arab Emirates against the Islamic State group have hit oil refineries run by the jihadists, the state news agency reported on Monday...

    F-16 fighter jets based in Jordan "targeted oil refineries controled by the Daesh (Islamic State) organisation, with the aim of drying up its sources of finance," the WAM agency said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

    It said the strikes took place last Tuesday and Thursday but did not specify the location of the targets.

    A US-led coalition of Western and Arab nations launched air strikes against IS last year after the jihadist group seized control of large parts of Iraq and Syria...........AFP......


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