Photo Credit: BBC By BBC. Jordan says its warplanes have carried out their first air strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets since the militants released a video showing the killing of a captured Jordanian pilot.
On their way back, the planes flew over the village of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh.
Their flight coincided with a visit to the village by Jordanian King Abdullah II, who was meeting the pilot’s family.
The king has vowed to the step up the fight against IS. Jordan is part of a US-led coalition bombing the militants.
Lt Kasasbeh was captured by the militants last year after his F-16 fighter jet crashed in Syria. IS this week released a video showing the pilot being burned alive in a cage, sparking calls for revenge in Jordan. (Read more about the king’s fight against ISIS HERE)
ISIS Crucifying, Burying Children Alive
By Reuters. Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.
Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against U.S.-led air strikes, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said.
“We are really deeply concerned at torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities,” committee expert Renate Winter told a news briefing. “The scope of the problem is huge.”
Children from the Yazidi sect or Christian communities, but also Shi’ites and Sunnis, have been victims, she said. (Read more from this story HERE)