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February 5, 2015 11:13 am

Jordan Bombards Islamic State Targets After Brutal Burning of Pilot

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A vigil for Jordanian pilot Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh, reportedly burned alive by the Islamic State terrorist organization. Jordan's King Abduallah vowed vengeance in response to the killing. Photo: Twitter

Fox News – Jordanian fighter pilots carried out devastating sorties against ISIS early Thursday, making good on their king’s vow of vengeance for the horrific burning of a captured airman – whose hometown the jets buzzed triumphantly after the mission.

Reports from the Middle East said the latest strikes killed 55 members of ISIS, including a senior commander known as the “Prince of Nineveh.” Jordanian state-run media did not specify where the strikes took place. They came a day after King Abdullah stepped up his angry rhetoric at the terrorist army in neighboring Iraq and Syria following the horrific death of Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who was burned alive in a cage in a shocking atrocity caught on a videotape released by Islamic State on Tuesday.

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  • Carl

    So we’re to take the word of Jordanian state media that 55 terrorists were killed in an all-out assault by 20 F-16 fighters. Nobody on the planet can verify where the attack took place and how many civilians were killed (including those among the 55 supposed ISIS terrorists). And is this a “proportionate response” to the death of a single soldier? How much more firepower would be warranted if say five civilian clergy at prayer and a police officer were murdered in an equally brutal manner? What is proportionate for slitting the throat of a baby and murdering her entire family at their home? By this standard, 100 fighter aircraft targeting several hundred terrorists would seem proportionate. Let’s not even talk about the whole world throwing their support behind Jordan, with not a peep from human rights organizations, the UN, or the EU to moderate their response and avoid civilians. They neither know nor care what Jordan is targeting. Double standard anyone?