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Multiple Jordanian airstrikes 'destroy ISIL targets' in Syria

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By Sarah Taylor  with Reuters
Multiple Jordanian airstrikes 'destroy ISIL targets' in Syria

‘Just the beginning,’ announced the Jordanian military following heavy aerial assaults on Syria.

Tens of fighter jets pounded key ISIL bases on Thursday (February 5), according to a statement from the armed forces.

Prior to take off, members of Jordan’s armed forces could be seen writing messages on missiles condemning the militant group.

“Islam has no relation with you, Da’esh (ISIL),” they read. “We are beating them.”

The rockets are then believed to have been used to destroy several ISIL-run ammunition depots and training camps.

A military official said the strikes focussed on a number of targets around the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.

Jordanian state TV broadcast the attacks, which came two days after the jihadist group released a video showing captured Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh being burned alive in a cage.

“Tens of Royal Jordanian Air Force aircraft launched consecutive air strikes to demolish strongholds and holes of the terror organisation Da’esh,” a military statement broadcast on national television said.

“The aircraft attacked positions that include training centres belonging to the terror organisation, as well as ammunition warehouses. All the targets that were attacked were destroyed and the aircraft went back to their bases safely.”

Jordan is home to hundreds of US military trainers bolstering defences at the Syrian and Iraqi borders. It has long been a key player in the fight against hardline Islamist groups.