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Although, as had been reported, he may not have personally flown one of the Jordanian fighter bombers, Jordan’s King Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein is keeping his promise, made after the barbaric burning alive of one of his pilots, to deliver “merciless retribution” to the ISIL terrorists who committed the horrific crime.
Jordanian fighter pilots carried out devastating sorties against ISIS early Thursday, making good on their king’s vow of vengeance for the horrific burning death of a captured airman — whose hometown the jets buzzed triumphantly after the mission.
Reports from the Middle East said the latest strikes killed 55 members of ISIS, including a senior commander known as the “Prince of Nineveh.” They came a day after King Abdullah stepped up his angry rhetoric at the terrorist army in neighboring Iraq and Syria following the horrific death of Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who was burned alive in a cage in a shocking atrocity caught on a videotape released by Islamic State on Tuesday.
“The blood of martyr Muath al-Kaseasbeh will not be in vain and the response of Jordan and its army after what happened to our dear son will be severe,” said King Abdullah in a statement released by the royal court on Wednesday. A day earlier, he told U.S. lawmakers in Washington, where he had been on a diplomatic mission when the video was released, that Jordan would fight Islamic State until it ran “out of fuel and bullets.”
It may take the rightful fury of the monarch of a true-Islam state to take down a notch and hopefully help eliminate a bunch of thugs of a so-called Islam State.
Lead photo: King Abdullah, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, during a meeting with tens of thousands of officers and members of the Armed Forces, 3 September 2008. Photo courtesy Royal Hashemite Court Archives
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force officer who has had the honor, the privilege, and the reward of serving his adopted country for 20 years proudly in both the enlisted and commissioned ranks, under six presidents – Republican and Democratic. Not once did he have the feeling that his commander in chief did not have his back, did not value his service, did not appreciate the minor sacrifices his family and he endured. In particular, never once the thought even occurred that, one day, a President of the United States would denigrate the troops and their service… would call those who did not return from battle “losers” and “suckers.”