UAE orders stationing of F-16s in Jordan

The order contradicts Western media reports that the Gulf state had disengaged from the confrontation with the ISIS

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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan ordered the stationing of a UAE Air Force F-16 squadron in Jordan, the WAM news agency said Saturday, contradicting Western media reports the Gulf state had disengaged from the confrontation with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

According to WAM, the order was issued under the directives from UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

WAM said the move expressed the UAE’s stance “with fraternal Jordan at all levels” and reaffirms the Gulf state’s “unwavering and constant solidarity with Jordan and its leading role and immense sacrifices for the security and stability of the region as embodied by Martyr and hero Moaz al-Kasasbeh.”

Early this week, Amman confirmed Kasasbeh, a Jordanian air force pilot, had been killed by ISIS.

Several Western media outlets reported that the UAE had suspended its air strikes against ISIS since the capture of Kasasbeh, who was burned alive by the militant group.

WAM said the UAE orders Saturday aimed at supporting Jordanian military efforts in the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, “the brutal terrorist organization that showed all the world its ugliness and violation of all religious and human values through abominable crimes.”

The move to support Jordan also stemmed from the UAE’s “deep belief in the need for Arab collective cooperation to eliminate terrorism, through actions and words, and bolster the security, stability and moderation of the nation through the collective encountering of these terrorist gangs and their misleading ideology and brutal practices,” according to WAM.