ABU DHABI – While Jordan was reportedly massing troops Tuesday on the kingdom’s border with Iraq in response to the brutal murder of a Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State terrorist group, the United Arab Emirates jumped into the war and launched airstrikes against the militants.
The local media on Tuesday late hours reported that “the latter move marked a return by the U.A.E. to combat operations against the terrorist organization alternatively identified as ISIS and ISIL. The U.A.E. had halted its involvement late last year.”
However Jordanian officials denied reports of a large movement of ground troops toward the Iraqi border, and asked journalists to “be careful and to abide by the information that is issued by the concerned agencies and the Jordan Armed Forces.”
“There is no talk about a ground war,” one official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in accordance with government protocol. “We will not be reluctant to face this criminal gang in any place in the world to defend our religion, our nation, and the future of our country and our sons.
However it was confirmed officially that UAE that fighter jets launched a series of airstrikes in Syria on Tuesday.
A squadron of Emirati F-16 fighters struck Islamic State targets in Syria and returned safely to base in Jordan, the U.A.E. Armed Forces announced.
Emirati officials said the “concerns that had prompted them to suspend combat missions, that the United States Central Command had not deployed sufficient assets closer to the battlefield to rescue downed pilots, had now been addressed.”
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