Jordanian official says UAE jets will take part in airstrikes

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has announced that it’s sending a squadron of F-16 fighters to Jordan, and one Jordanian official says the jets will take part in airstrikes against Islamic State militants.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the issue to journalists.

Both countries are members of a U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group, which has taken over parts of Syria and Iraq. But U.S. officials say late last year, the UAE suspended its participation after a Jordanian pilot crashed in northern Syria and was captured.

Jordan stepped up its airstrikes this week after the Islamic State released a video showing the captured pilot being burned to death in a cage.

Jordan says dozens of its fighter jets have bombed Islamic State training centers and weapons storage sites. Activists who monitor the Syrian conflict from inside the country said the airstrikes continued today.

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