Date
24 November 2017
King Abdullah waves to crowds on his return to Jordan after cutting short a visit to the US upon the release of an Islamic State video showing the death of a Jordanian pilot. Photo: Reuters
King Abdullah waves to crowds on his return to Jordan after cutting short a visit to the US upon the release of an Islamic State video showing the death of a Jordanian pilot. Photo: Reuters

Jordan king vows ‘relentless’ war on IS territory

Jordan’s King Abdullah pledged a “relentless” war against Islamic State after a video from the militants showed a captured Jordanian air force pilot being burned alive in a cage, Reuters reported.

Jordan hanged two Iraqi jihadists, one a woman, on Wednesday.

“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,” state television quoted the king as saying Wednesday during a security meeting.

US officials said the United Arab Emirates had withdrawn from flying air strikes in the US-led coalition campaign against Islamic State after the Jordanian pilot’s plane went down over Syria in December.

Jordan, which is part of the alliance, had promised an “earth-shaking response” to the killing of its pilot, Mouath al-Kasaesbeh, who was captured after his F-16 crashed.

Government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said Wednesday: “We are talking about a collaborative effort between coalition members to intensify efforts to stop extremism and terrorism to undermine, degrade and eventually finish Daesh.”

Daesh is a derogatory Arabic term for Islamic State.

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