AMMAN – Jordan said Tuesday its warplanes had joined US-led strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, becoming the first Arab state to confirm its participation in the raids.
“We took part in the strikes which are part of our efforts to defeat terrorism in its strongholds,” government spokesman Mohammad Al-Momani told AFP.
Earlier Tuesday, a Pentagon spokesman said the US military and unnamed “partner nation forces” had launched bombs and missiles against the jihadists’ positions.
US media reported five Arab states – Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – took part in the air raids as part of a new international coalition formed to attack the IS militants, who have captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.
Jordan’s military said its planes had destroyed an unspecified number of targets close to its borders with Syria and Iraq linked to “terrorist groups” who have “committed attacks of sabotage” on its soil.
It said all the planes had returned to base safely afterwards. â€“ AFP