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UAE to resume fights in US-led coalition against ISIS

Under directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has ordered the stationing of a UAE Air Force F-16 squadron in fraternal Jordan.
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The initiative expresses the stance of the people, government and leadership of the UAE with fraternal Jordan at all levels and in all arenas, and reaffirms the UAE’s unwavering and constant solidarity with Jordan and its leading role and immense sacrifices for the security and stability of the region as embodied by Martyr and hero Moaz al-Kasasbeh.

The orders are also in support of the military efforts of the Jordanian Armed Forces, the Jordan Arab Army, and their effective participation in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (Daesh), the brutal terrorist organisation that showed all the world its ugliness and violation of all religious and human values through abominable crimes that exposed its false allegations and drew outrage and disgust from the Arab peoples.

The United Arab Emirates is likely to resume air missions as part of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in the coming days, a senior US official said on Friday after top American diplomat John Kerry met with Gulf ministers.

The UAE had suspended flights after the brutal murder of a Jordanian pilot by the jihadists, but “there was a considerable outrage around the table about what had happened to the pilot” and the UAE told Kerry that they “would resume (flights) in a couple of days,” the official told reporters in Munich.

The UAE had also “reaffirmed its commitment to the coalition” brought together by the United States to try to defeat the militants who have taken over a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria.

Another US official said that among all the Gulf countries the pilot’s brutal immolation by IS “has been a unifying event doubling their resolve to take the fight to Daesh”, using the militant group’s Arabic name.

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