Jordanian fighter jets flew on Thursday over the hometown of a pilot killed by the so-called ’Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) terrorist group after ending a mission against militants in Syria.
Jordanian fighter jets flew on Thursday over the hometown of a pilot killed by the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) terrorist group after ending a mission against militants in Syria, a security official said.
The World Bulletin website reported that Jordan's King Abdullah was visiting the pilot's family at the time of the flyover. The show of force came two days after ISIL released a video showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive.
State television had earlier said the fighter jets had completed a mission without giving the location of their sortie. But a security official confirmed the mission was in a location in Syria under ISIL control.
Jordan's military, which is part of the U.S.-led coalition against the group, has vowed to avenge pilot Mouath al-Kasasbeh's killing.
Thousands of Jordanians flocked to pay respects in traditional Arab Bedouin style in a part of the country where influential tribes form an important pillar of the Hashemite rule, supplying the army and security forces with its manpower.
"You are a wise monarch. These criminals violated the rules of war in Islam and they have no humanity. Even humanity disowns them," Safi Kasaesbeh, the father of the pilot, told the king.
Kasasbeh was detained by ISIL after its operatives shot his drone down, while performing a coalition mission against ISIL positions.