End times wars and rumors of wars (Matt 24:6) …
After the news broke that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had burned the captured Jordanian Moaz al-Kasasbeh alive, King Abdullah of Jordan promised a “relentless war” against ISIS in retaliation for the murder of the 27-year fighter pilot.
On Thursday it began. In a mission called “Moaz the Martyr,” Jordanian jets targeted ISIS training camps, arms and ammunition storage in ISIS-controlled areas in Syria. Returning from their sorties, the planes flew directly over the pilot’s village of Aye, where King Abdullah sat paying a condolence call to al-Kasasbeh’s father. Outside, a traditional Beduouin chant broke out: “Long Live His Majesty, Long Live the King.”
Abdullah got the news of the pilot’s immolation while in Washington, where he’d been seeking an aid package. He left with the promise of $1 billion annually over the next three years — a 35% increase on the current arrangement.
Two Jordanian government officials told NBC News that thousands of troops have been moved to the Iraqi border in a bid to ramp up the campaign against ISIS. The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, also added that soldiers were being sent there as a ‘show of force.’
Reports are now that the Pentagon is about to resupply Jordan’s military with munitions the kingdom is spending while inflicting airstrikes against the militants of the Islamic State, media reports. Delivery of arms, including JDAM precision bombs, is expected in a few weeks.
Though both the Pentagon and the State Department have declined to comment, a number of US officials have confirmed to Reuters on conditions of anonymity that the Hashemite Kingdom is not going to suffer a shortage of ordnance while fighting ISIS.