AMMAN: Jordan said on Thursday its warplanes had launched new strikes against the Islamic State group, after vowing a harsh response to the burning alive of one of its fighter pilots captured in Syria.
The announcement came as King Abdullah II personally paid his condolences to the airman’s family, which has urged the government to “destroy” the jihadists, reflecting deep anger among Jordanians over the brutal murder.
“The Jordanian air force launched raids against positions of the Islamic State group,” said a government official, who did not want to be named.
He did not disclose where or when the strikes took place, saying the military would release a statement later.
Jordan has conducted regular raids against IS in Syria as part of a US-led campaign against the extremist group, which has seized swathes of the war-torn country and of neighbouring Iraq.
More than 200,000 people have died since anti-government protests broke out in Syria in early 2011, escalating into a multi-sided civil war that brought jihadists streaming into the country.
At least 57 people, including 12 children, were killed Thursday in a barrage of regime air strikes and shelling on rebel areas around the capital, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The assault on the Eastern Ghouta region came after rebels fired more than 100 rockets at Damascus, killing 10 people including a child, the Britain-based monitoring group said.