Jordan's King Abdullah II to 'personally fly sorties to bomb ISIS in revenge for pilot's blood'

Taking the fight against the Islamic State on a personal level, Jordan's King Abdullah II will be himself flying sorties and lead the airstrikes to bomb the ISIS targets, reports said Thursday.

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Feb 05, 2015, 17:36 PM IST
Jordan's King Abdullah II to 'personally fly sorties to bomb ISIS in revenge for pilot's blood'

Amman: Taking the fight against the Islamic State on a personal level, Jordan's King Abdullah II will be himself flying sorties and lead the airstrikes to bomb the ISIS targets, reports said Thursday.

In what highlights the Jordan king's avidity to exact revenge on the ISIS in wake of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh's brutal killing, the king, himself a trained Cobra Attack Helicopter Pilot, will be co-piloting a warplane and wage anti-ISIS airstrikes, reported the Daily Mail and some Arabic news sites.

“The Jordanian King Abdullah II will participate personally on Thursday in conducting air strikes against the shelters of the terrorist ISIL organization to revenge the execution of the Jordanian pilot by the ISIL,” said a report in Arabic-language news site.

It can be noted that King Abdullah II, was a Major General in charge of Jordanian Special Forces, before being crowned as the monarch.

Incensed over the pilot's gruesome killing video in which he was torched alive in a cage, Jordan King Abdullah II has declared a “relentless” war against the Islamic State, vowing an intense fightback, adding that the pilot's blood won't go in vain. The Jordanian government said that the nation was determiner more than ever to combat ISIS.

In a statement, the king pledged that Jordan will hit the militants hard in their own den, saying that the nation will strike the ISIS "hard in the very center of their strongholds".

Branding it a 'war of principles' against the militants, the king said that ISIS was not only fighting Jordan, but also "fighting Islam and its pure values".