Jordan’s King Abdullah II promised blood revenge against the al-Qaeda allied ISIS terrorist group since the release of the video that showed the savage burning to death of a captive Jordanian pilot. As reported by NBC News on Feb. 10, 2015 and also the Amman-based al Bawaba news service on Feb. 9, 2015, not only has the King stepped up airstrikes against the Islamic Jihadists, he’s also ordered his army to the border with Iraq.
Soon after ISIS released their video of a caged 26-year-old Lieutenant Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh of the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) burned to death at the hands of his captors, King Adbullah vowed of his retribution against ISIS, “The only problem we’re going to have is running out of fuel and bullets.” Unlike some Western leaders, the Jordanian monarch isn’t half-stepping in his pay back against the Daesh (Arabic for al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham), a loose acronym for ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria).
Backing up his words with deeds, the RJAF has been hammering ISIS strongholds in both occupied Syria and Iraq. Commander of the nation’s Air Force Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Jobour stated the kingdom had launched 56 air raids on ISIS since last Thursday. “On the first day of the campaign to avenge our airman Lt. Moaz al-Kassasbeh, 19 targets were destroyed, including training camps and equipment,” he General stated. The commander also stated, “So far the campaign has destroyed 20 percent of the fighting capabilities of ISIS. We achieved what we were looking for: Revenge for Mu’ath.”
Ending his prepared statement, General al-Jabour cryptically concluded, “And this is not the end. This is the beginning.” During the General’s presser, it was revealed that the RJAF also wiped out various ISIS ammo dumps, fuel depots, troops concentrations and other logistics centers.
With ISIS being bled out from the air, King Abdullah has also ordered an unspecified number of ground troops to the Jordanian/Iraqi border, but NBC News has put the number “in the thousands.” Meanwhile, MarketWatch.com is reporting that the United Arab Emirates official news agency as quoting the Commanding General of the U.A.E. Armed Forces as saying F-16 fighter jets carried out a series of strikes early Tuesday.
The U.A.E. had suspended military action against ISIS claiming the Obama Administration failed to guarantee American search and rescue efforts in the even any Emirate jets were downed. However, since the slaying of Lt. al-Kassasbeh at the hands of ISIS, ARAB resolve to fight the terrorists has stiffened. Possibly signaling a shift of leadership away from Barack Obama and more towards the Jordanian Crown, Kevin Baron, the Executive Editor of Defense One (a division of Atlantic Media), has sent via social media “Jordan’s Retaliation Is the Real Arab Awakening the Pentagon Has Been Waiting For.”