3 short days.. after one Jordanian pilot was killed… and presumably 7.000 are killed in 56 air strikes, and ISIS degraded by 20%…
Jordan has sworn to eradicate the so-called Islamic State while announcing the killing of 7,000 ISIS fighters after three days of airstrikes.
In another major development, the United Arab Emirates has announced that it is set to join the airstrikes on the jihadist group based in Syria and Iraq.
Jordan’s Interior Minister Hussein al-Majali said on Saturday his country will go after ISIS "wherever they are" and will "wipe them out completely."
On Sunday, Jordan’s air force chief said his country’s jet fighters had conducted 56 bombing raids in three days against the jihadists in northeast Syria, killing least 7,000 of them following attacks on key ISIS bases and arms depots.
Jordan stepped up its bombing of the jihadist group on Thursday in response to the brutal killing by the ISIS of captured Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh. No new strikes were announced for Sunday.
"We achieved what we aimed for. We destroyed logistics centers, arms depots and targeted hideouts of their fighters," Gen. Mansour al-Jbour, head of the Jordanian airforce, told a news conference.
Jordan has carried out nearly a fifth of the sorties of the U.S.-led coalition against the jihadist group in Syria to date, Jbour said. U.S. aircraft joined the mission to provide intelligence, surveillance, a U.S. official told Reuters earlier on Sunday.
The raids had "degraded" nearly 20 percent of ISIS’ capabilities, he said.