Bahrain deploys fighter jets to Jordan to strike ISIL
Iran Press TV
Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:1PM
The Bahraini regime has deployed an unspecified number of fighter jets to Jordan to aid Amman in the fight against the ISIL Takfiri group days after the immolation of a Jordanian pilot held hostage by the terrorist group.
'This move highlights the brotherly ties between Jordan and Bahrain," AFP quoted Jordan's Information Minister Mohammad al-Momani as saying on Monday.
Momani further noted that the move by Manama "comes in line with our belief in the importance of the war against terrorism'.
The Bahraini media reported that the jets had been sent to Jordan on Sunday with the aim of aiding 'international efforts to eliminate terrorism.'
On February 9, the Bahraini monarch, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, told his Jordanian counterpart King Abdullah II that he was 'proud to provide all the help Jordan needs to combat terrorism" and fight ISIL, a statement by the royal palace in Amman said.
In a similar move, the United Arab Emirates deployed a squadron of F-16 warplanes in Jordan to support Amman's airstrikes against ISIL militants.
'Jordan appreciates the support provided by Bahrain, as we also appreciate UAE support too,' Momani added.
Several Arab countries, including Jordan, are taking part in the US-led military coalition that has purportedly been targeting ISIL positions in Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.
This is while the same Arab countries have been accused of supporting the Takfiris by Syria and Iraq, where the ISIL terrorists have been wreaking havoc.
On February 3, ISIL released a video online showing the Takfiri terrorists burning alive Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh who had been taken hostage in December 2014.
The video showed Kassasbeh dressed in an orange jumpsuit and surrounded by flames inside a metal cage.
The pilot was captured by ISIL militants last December when his plane went down in northern Syria, during a mission against the terrorist group.
Following the release of the video, Jordan vowed 'punishment and revenge' for the killing of the 26-year-old pilot. Amman executed two ISIL-linked militants just hours after the video emerged.
Amman has also vowed to intensify its airstrikes against ISIL strongholds.
On February 8, Jordan said that its army jet fighters carried out 56 retaliatory airstrikes in three consecutive days against the strongholds of ISIL Takfiri militants in northern Syria.
'We achieved what we aimed at. We destroyed logistics centers, arms depots and targeted hideouts" of the militants, said General Mansour al-Jbour, the chief of the Jordanian air force.
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