UAE says to station F-16 squadron in Jordan to support strikes on IS

The United Arab Emirates on Saturday ordered a squadron of F-16 warplanes to be stationed in Jordan to support it in strikes against the Islamic State group.

AFP| Updated: Feb 07, 2015, 23:45 PM IST

Abu Dhabi: The United Arab Emirates on Saturday ordered a squadron of F-16 warplanes to be stationed in Jordan to support it in strikes against the Islamic State group.

The federation`s official WAM news agency said Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, deputy head of the UAE armed forces, had ordered the move.

"The initiative... reaffirms the UAE`s unwavering and constant solidarity with Jordan and its leading role and immense sacrifices for the security and stability of the region as embodied by martyr and hero Maaz al-Kassasbeh," the Jordanian pilot burned alive by IS, the agency reported.