UAE Suspends Air Strikes Against Islamic State
The United Arab Emirates has suspended air strikes against ISIS in Syria since the capture of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh.
ISIS murdered a Jordanian pilot prisoner and released video today.
They torched Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh alive in a cage.
SPY Ghana reported:
The United Arab Emirates has suspended its air attacks against the Islamic State in Syria since the capture of a Jordanian pilot who was burned alive by the jihadi group, it has emerged.
US officials confirmed that the UAE, one of the four Arab states in the anti-Isis coalition, had ceased its participation because of concerns over a lack of contingency plans to rescue downed aircrew.
The news came as Jordan pledged to strike back hard at Isis over the brutal murder of the pilot, Muadh al-Kasasbeh, but against a background of concern that after an initial backlash to satisfy calls for revenge, popular opposition to the campaign may grow in the kingdom.
Analysis Pilot’s murder may weaken Jordanian support for role in anti-Isis campaign. It is hard to see Jordan withdrawing from the US-led coalition, but King Abdullah may now become more cautious.
Jordan said there would be an “earth-shattering response” – even before the hanging of two al-Qaida prisoners on Wednesday.
The UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain joined the coalition when attacks began in September. All have flown sorties against Isis targets, but in the absence of any statistics in US military communiques and silence in their own capitals, most observers believe their participation has been largely symbolic.