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Jordan targets Islamic State militants’ base of Raqqa on third day of air strikes

Jordan had hit ammunition depots, training camps and a communications tower, an official said.

By: Reuters | Amman |
February 7, 2015 9:18:56 pm
jordan airstrikes, jordan islamic state, jordan IS, jordan IS militants, islamic state, IS militants, jordan bombing, jordan news, world news, indian express A second security official told Reuters Jordan had conducted at least 60 raids over the past three days, mainly on targets in Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria but also on several in Iraq.

Jordan carried out air strikes on Islamic State targets for the third day running on Saturday, mainly targeting the jihadist group’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, a security source said.

“Sorties of air force fighters today bombed (Islamic State) bases,” state television said in a bulletin. It gave no details. Jordan launched the raids on Thursday in response to the group’s killing of a captive Jordanian pilot.

A second security official told Reuters Jordan had conducted at least 60 raids over the past three days, mainly on targets in Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria but also on several in Iraq.

They had hit targets including ammunition depots, training camps and a communications tower, the official said.

Jordan’s King Abdullah has vowed to avenge pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh’s brutal killing, and ordered his commanders to prepare for a stepped-up military role in the US-led coalition against Islamic State.

But many Jordanians fear being dragged into a conflict that could trigger a backlash by hardline militants inside the kingdom.

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