THE Jordanian air force has carried out air strikes against Islamic State targets in Mosul, killing 55 including a top IS commander known as the ‘Prince of Nineveh’ Iraqi media have reported as well as the International Business Times.

The airstrikes are in retaliation for the killing of captured Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who was burned alive in a cage by the terror group. Jordan’s King Abdullah II vowed that there would be a “severe” response to IS after the video emerged, with two prisoners already executed in response.

In an initial response to the killing of al-Kaseasbeh, Jordan executed two Iraqi al-Qaeda prisoners, Sajida al-Rishawi and Zaid al-Karbouly, before sunrise on Wednesday.
Over the past week, Jordan had offered to trade al-Rishawi, a failed female suicide bomber, for the pilot, but insisted on proof of life it never received. Al-Momani said on Wednesday that Jordan now believes the pilot was killed in early January.

Dozens more suspected Islamic State sympathisers are in detention in Jordan, most rounded up during a crackdown in recent months. In the northern Syrian city of Raqaa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital, the militants showed graphic footage of al-Kaseasbeh’s slaying on outdoor screens, with some chanting “God is great!” according to militant video posted online… see more