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Jordanian air force resumes bombing raids against ISIS

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Jordanian air force jets bombed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants’ hideouts in Syria on Thursday, state television said, resuming the intensified raids that ended at the weekend after three days.

The raids are the first the Jordanian military have announced since three straight days of aerial bombing - in retaliation for the killing of a pilot - that ended on Saturday.

“The air force has bombed and destroyed select targets of the Daesh criminal gang this afternoon,” it said.

Jordan’s King Abdullah has vowed to avenge the killing of pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh, who was burned to death by ISIS militants.

The monarch, a staunch U.S. ally, has ordered his commanders to prepare for a bigger military role in the international coalition fighting ISIS in both Syria and Iraq.

Many Jordanians fear greater involvement could trigger a backlash by hardline militants inside the kingdom.