Isis, press, Jordan does not rule out ground operations

After the savage execution of its pilot

05 February, 12:35

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    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT - Jordan "does not rule out" the possibility of sending special ground forces to fight the Islamic State (Is) after the savage execution of the Jordanian pilot, according to an ananymous government source quoted by pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al Awsat Thursday. This speculation follows the news - yet to be confirmed - coming from Twitter accounts close to Kurdish peshmerga, according to which the Jordanian air force bombed Is-held positions in Mosul, in the north of Iraq, killing 55 jihadists.

    A reprisal against the death of pilot Muaz al Kassesbeh, who Is showed in a video being burnt alive. The Jordanian source quoted by Asharq al Awsat did not specify where Amman's special forces might be deployed. However, Is is not present in the Syrian region on the border with Jordan and therefore it appears more likely that a Jordanian ground intervention might occur in Iraqi territory across the border it holds with Jordan where the Islamic State has a strong presence.

    A former Jordanian general, Yahya Thuyran, also quoted by the pan-Arab outlet, said that when King Abdullah stated that he wanted to react swiftly and forcefully against Is "he might have meant that Jordanian troops could be used to attack Is-positions in Syria".

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