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UAE jets arrive in Jordan to fight IS

The country intensified its strikes after captured pilot Moaz Al-Kasasbeh was shown being burned alive.

A squadron of United Arab Emirates (UAE) F-16 fighters stationed in one of Jordan’s air bases to support it in strikes against the Islamic State group on 8 February 2015. Picture: AFP.

AMMAN - United Arab Emirates jets have arrived in Jordan to help the fight against Islamic State militants. Over the weekend Jordan's air force chief vowed to "wipe ISIS off the face of the earth."

The country intensified its strikes after captured pilot Moaz Al-Kasasbeh was shown being burned alive in a video by the Islamic State last week.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry says they are working closely with Jordan and also carrying out their own air strikes.

He says ISIS is being hit hard and has significantly been disrupted and reduced their scope of movement.

"We've disrupted their command structure, undermined its propaganda, taken out half of its leadership, squeezed its financing, damaged its supply network, dispersed its personnel and force them to think twice before they move in an open convoy."

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

Jordanian military experts say the kingdom could soon struggle to sustain the intensity of the past few days of air strikes, given the air force only has 40 mid-life F16 jets at its disposal.

A squadron of F16 jet fighters from the United Arab Emirates arrived in Jordan on Sunday a day after the Gulf state announced it was being sent to bolster the coalition's military effort.

It will conduct joint air strikes with Jordanian colleagues against the Islamic militants, Jordanian officials said on Saturday.

(Additional reporting by Reuters)