Jordanian military: “this is the beginning”

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s air force chief says his country has achieved the revenge it promised after Islamic State militants burned a captive Jordanian pilot to death.

Gen. Mansour al-Jabour tells reporters Jordan has attacked and destroyed 56 Islamic State targets since Thursday. He says the targets included Islamic State training centers, military barracks, warehouses and weapons depots.

And he says, “this is not the end. This is the beginning.”

Jordanian officials have vowed to continue the retaliation campaign until the Islamic State group has been destroyed.

Meanwhile, a squadron of F-16 fighter jets from the United Arab Emirates has arrived in Jordan. The UAE has said it was sending the warplanes to support the kingdom, without elaborating. But a Jordanian government official says the jets will participate in the air campaign against the Islamic State.

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