World Bulletin / News Desk
The Jordanian government on Tuesday has confirmed the participation of Jordanian warplanes in the airstrikes carried out by the United States and allies against the ISIL militant group in Syria.
"Jordan is currently participating in the airstrikes that started earlier in the day against ISIL targets in Syria," Information Minister Mohamed al- Momani, also the government spokesman, told Anadolu Agency.
"Jordan has joined the international coalition that aims to stop ISIL advancement," he added. "We would not allow the ISIL to reach the Jordanian territory, and we would take the initiative to do whatever necessary to preserve the safety and security of our land."
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said earlier that U.S. and partner nations are carrying out airstrikes against the militant group in Syria for the first time.
He added that the U.S. and allied forces are using a combination of fighter and bomber aircraft, in addition to Tomahawk cruise missiles, to attack ISIL targets.
"Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time," Kirby said in a statement. "The decision to conduct theses strikes was made earlier today by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief."
U.S. President Barack Obama authorized the U.S. military to strike ISIL targets in Syria as part of a larger strategy to combat the militants during a national address earlier this month.
Under a new strategy announced by Obama earlier this month, the U.S. will lead an international coalition to carry out airstrikes against the militant group throughout Iraq and Syria. However, he asserted that U.S. combat troops will not be used in Iraq to fight the group.Last Mod: 23 Eylül 2014, 10:27