Jordan vowed further retaliation against the Islamic State group for the burning alive of one of its pilots, as thousands rallied in Amman Friday in solidarity with his grieving family.
The Jordanian military said “dozens of jet fighters” struck IS targets on Thursday, hitting training camps as well as weapons and ammunition depots.
Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told CNN the operation was “the beginning of our retaliation over this horrific and brutal murder of our brave young pilot.”
IS earlier this week released a highly choreographed video of the horrifying murder of pilot Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh, whose death has sparked grief and deep anger in Jordan.
Judeh declined to reveal Jordan’s military plans but said it would hit the militants with all its might.
“We’re upping the ante. We’re going after them wherever they are, with everything that we have,” he said.
“We’re going to go after them and we will eradicate them… We are at the forefront. This is our fight.”
American F-16 and F-22 jets provided security to the Jordanian fighter planes, with additional support from refueling tankers and surveillance aircraft, US officials said.
Thousands marched in the capital on Friday in a show of solidarity for the murdered pilot.
Protesters gathered after weekly prayers at the Al-Husseini mosque in central Amman, waving Jordanian flags and pictures of Kaseasbeh.
“We are all Mu’ath… We are all Jordan,” the crowd chanted.
Placards were also held aloft that read: “Yes to punishment. Yes to the eradication of terrorism.”
Jordan's Foreign Minister Has Grave Warning For Islamic State: 'We Will Have To Teach Them A Lesson'
Jordanian foreign minister Nasser Judeh said on CNN Thursday that strikes on a “multitude” of Islamic State targets are simply the “beginning of our retaliation over this horrific and brutal murder of our brave young pilot.”
“We are upping the ante,” Judeh told “The Situation Room” host Wolf Blitzer. “We are going after them wherever they are, with everything that we have.”
Judeh wouldn’t divulge specific military plans on-air, but again stressed Jordan would take harsh actions against the Islamic State after the terror group released video showing their pilot being burned alive.
“We will have to teach them a lesson,” he said. “We have been teaching them a lesson. I think if there was any doubt by anyone about the — that these terrorists are brutal murderers, barbarians, then that doubt has gone.”
Responding to a question on whether the so-caled “Jihadi John” is on Jordan’s terror list, Judeh said, “Everyone is on our target list.”
Some 35 jihadists were killed as Jordan launched fresh airstrikes against the Islamic State overnight Thursday-Friday, Sky News Arabia reported.
The deadly raids were carried out near Mosul in Iraq, local sources said, and came after the Hashemite Kingdom vowed a harsh response to the burning alive of a pilot captured in Syria.
On Thursday, Jordan confirmed its warplanes launched dozens of new strikes against the Islamic State group. Jordan’s military said “dozens of jet fighters” struck IS targets on Thursday morning, “hitting training camps of the terrorist groups as well as weapons and ammunition warehouses.” It did not say where the targets were located — IS holds swaths of Syria and Iraq — but said they were destroyed and the aircraft returned home safely.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande did not consult Washington before deciding to visit Moscow to hold talks on the Ukrainian crisis, a source in the French government told AP.
The two leaders, who are part of the so-called ‘Normandy Four’ group along with Moscow and Kiev, decided on a trip on Wednesday night, an unnamed French government official said. Merkel and Hollande are due to arrive to the Russian capital on Friday, the next day after visiting Kiev.
“Together with Angela Merkel we have decided to take a new initiative,” Hollande told a news conference on Thursday.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “the leaders of the three states will discuss what specifically the countries can do to contribute to speedy end of the civil war in the southeast of Ukraine, which has escalated in recent days and resulted in many casualties.”
After the Thursday meeting with the German and French leaders, Ukrainian President Poroshenko said that the talks indicated that a ceasefire was possible in eastern Ukraine.
Meanwhile, a senior French official toldlocal weekly Le Nouvel Observateur on Thursday that the decision to meet tet-a-tet with President Vladimir Putin was taken on Tuesday after the Russian leader called on both sides in the Ukrainian conflict to stop military actions and hostilities.
The French weekly also said that this “historic initiative” on the part of the two European leaders was preceded by “secret” talks between Paris, Berlin and Moscow.
Pastor John Hagee, author of the book “Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change,” which details a “rare lunar phenomenon” that he believes could be God’s way of sending prophetic signs to humanity, is preparing for the release of a one-night only documentary that will further explore the heavenly dynamic on the big screen.
The film, like the book, will center on a rare series of four total lunar eclipses — also known as “blood moons” — that have occurred over two-year periods on Jewish holidays over the past 500 years. Hagee told TheBlaze in a past interview that the dates during which these tetrads fell always involved world events that began with “tears” and ended in “triumph” for the Jewish people.
With a series of four blood moons landing on Jewish holidays again in 2014 and 2015, Hageebelieves that it’s important to focus on these lunar events, named for the reddish color that results when the Earth comes between the sun and moon.
“The heavens are ‘God’s billboard.’ He’s been sending signals to earth, and we haven’t been picking them up,” Hagee said in a statement announcing the documentary. “Two blood moons, in 2014 and 2015, point to dramatic events in the Middle East and, as a result, changes in the whole world.”
Watch the trailer for “Four Blood Moons” below:
“Four Blood Moons” will explore history, science and the Bible, detailing the three historical tetrads— which each began in 1493, 1948 and 1967 — that Hagee believes held significance for the Jewish people, while bringing in religious scholars and historians to explore the pastor’s theory. Radio host Dennis Prager, historian David Barton and author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza will be among them, according to a press release.
Perhaps today church! Keep looking up it sure is looking like we are headed down the home stretch!
We will be transformed in the twinkling of an eye. That is our destiny as washed in the blood believers. Thank you Jesus for serving as my advocate to God the Father and making me worthy to be called your son.
"Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come."
Amen wv. We are rapidly approaching the final wars. No doubt. I believe this beginning war between ISIS and Jordan has major implications. We will see
Do you think Israel will end up fighting on all fronts at the same time? Especially with this lately development with Jordon and ISIS.
Thats a good question. As you may know, the Isaiah 17 scenario involves the so called " inner circle" of groups opposed to israel who are on the borders and the " outer circle" of Gog magog. We know gog magog will be destroyed on the mountains of israel which points to this invasion coming through west bank and golan heights. The isaiah 17 scenario seems to be primarily located in the northern parts of Israel. Thats how i see it. Now that doesnt exclude other parts of Israel but those seem to be the main areas of conflict
Have to respectfully disagree with the JH stuff.Man,including John Hagee is fallible. I have listened/watched JH for decades, even after knowing his adulteress history which was very disappointing to say the least. He is in error on the blood moons stuff, and changes in what he believes regarding Prophecy. Again, he like every other man, is susceptible to error. "blood moons" dont tell us what is coming soon, we can see that clearly without them. There is nothing "hidden" etc. God makes things very clear. It is only Gods Word that we should read, and study for ourselves, that is why He gave it to us…
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