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Jordan conducts '56 air raids' on Islamic State targets

Jordan's air force chief has said his country's jet fighters had conducted 56 raids in three days of intensified bombing targeting a stronghold of Islamic State militants in northeast Syria.

"We achieved what we aimed at. We destroyed logistics centres, arms depots and targeted hideouts of their fighters," General Mansour al Jbour, head of the Jordanian air force, told a news conference.

Jordan's King Abdullah condemns 'cowardly' killing

King Abdullah during his televised address

Jordan's King Abdullah has said the killing of pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh by Islamic State militants was an act of cowardly terror by a group that had nothing to do with Islam.

"This [is] cowardly terror by a criminal group that has no relation to Islam ... It's the duty of all citizens to stand together," he said in a short televised appearance.

The king cut short a visit to Washington after the news of the pilot's death.

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