35 Islamic State fighters said killed in Jordanian airstrikes

Illustrative photo of a US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle flying over northern Iraq on September 23, 2014, after conducting airstrikes in Syria. (photo credit: AFP/US Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)

Illustrative photo of a US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle flying over northern Iraq on September 23, 2014, after conducting airstrikes in Syria. (photo credit: AFP/US Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)

Hashemite Kingdom steps up raids against jihadists in Mosul after pilot burned alive

(SOURCE)  Some 35 jihadists were killed as Jordan launched fresh airstrikes against the Islamic State overnight Thursday-Friday, Sky News Arabia reported.

The deadly raids were carried out near Mosul in Iraq, local sources said, and came after the Hashemite Kingdom vowed a harsh response to the burning alive of a pilot captured in Syria.

On Thursday, Jordan confirmed its warplanes launched dozens of new strikes against the Islamic State group. Jordan’s military said “dozens of jet fighters” struck IS targets on Thursday morning, “hitting training camps of the terrorist groups as well as weapons and ammunition warehouses.” It did not say where the targets were located — IS holds swaths of Syria and Iraq — but said they were destroyed and the aircraft returned home safely.

American F-16 and F-22 jets provided security to the Jordanian fighter planes, with additional support from refueling tankers and surveillance aircraft, US officials said.

Washington has also deployed aircraft and troops to northern Iraq to boost capabilities to rescue downed pilots fighting with the international coalition that is battling IS, a US defense official told AFP.

The Islamic State has released a highly choreographed video of the horrifying murder of pilot Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh, whose death has sparked grief and deep anger in Jordan.

Jordan’s military has pledged to “destroy this terrorist group and kill the evil in its own place,” saying it would punish IS for the “heinous act” of burning him alive.

King Abdullah II visited the airman’s family — who have urged the government to “destroy” the jihadists — to pay his condolences.

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