U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Tyler McLain

Jordan Airstrikes: Retaliation For ISIS Execution

After ISIS burned a Jordanian pilot alive, Jordan retaliated and showered the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, with airstrikes.

By Jake Godin | February 5, 2015

Days after vowing an "earth-shattering" response to ISIS's brutal killing of a captured Jordanian pilot, Jordan reportedly launched airstrikes against the militants' stronghold in Syria on Thursday. (Video via U.S.  Air Force / Staff Sgt. Nyx Nieves Lopez)

While Jordanian state TV didn't say exactly where the mission took place, a CNN international correspondent reports Jordan's King Abdullah told the father of Moaz al-Kasasbeh, the slain pilot, that the airstrikes took place in Raqqa.

Raqqa, which is considered the de facto ISIS capital in Syria, has been subject to airstrikes from both U.S.-led coalition members and Syria's own government.

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CNN is also reporting U.S. jets took part in the airstrikes on Thursday in support. (Video via U.S. Navy / Damon Moritz)

The airstrikes come hours after Jordan's king cut short a trip to the United States and returned home Wednesday.

Upon his return, Abdullah vowed Jordan would take "severe" action against against ISIS and said Al-Kasasbeh’s death would not be in vain. The first part of that retaliation came Wednesday, with the execution of two Al-Qaeda prisoners.

The next part now appears to have taken place Thursday with a new round of airstrikes.

Although Jordanians were at first wary of their nation taking part in coalition airstrikes against ISIS, Al-Kasasbeh being burned alive has garnered support for retaliation. (Video via France 24)

"I demand that none of the criminals should be spared. I demand that the vengeance should be more severe than just executing prisoners. I demand that the Islamic State should be wiped out," Al-Kasasbeh's father is quoted saying on BBC.

The surge in anti-ISIS sentiment within the kingdom shows that ISIS's apparent goal of turning Jordanian people against their own government has backfired.

With its elite counter-terrorism units, 1,300 tanks and 250 aircraft, National Journal's Kevin Baron says Jordan's promised retaliation is "the real Arab awakening the Pentagon has been waiting for."

Still, an Iraqi analyst told The Washington Post that the group may have gained more from releasing the video than it lost. The video shifts attention away from the group's setbacks in areas such as Kobani in northern Syria.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

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