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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.

Abu Qatada's trial in Jordan adjourned

The trial of Abu Qatada was adjourned until Christmas Eve, following his objection to the presence of a military judge in the three-judge tribunal.

Abu Qatada's family arrives to court in Jordan. Credit: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

The radical cleric said the make-up of the judicial panel violates an agreement with Britain which paved way for his extradition and was meant to guarantee him a fair trial in his homeland.

He is charged with plotting terror attacks against Israelis, Americans and other Westerners in Jordan in two foiled attempts in 1999 and 2000.

Abu Qatada appeared in court today. Credit: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

In both cases, Abu Qatada was convicted in absentia and sentenced to life in prison.

But on his return from the UK in July, those sentences were suspended and he has to be re-tried under Jordanian law.

Abu Qatada's family arrives to court in Jordan. Credit: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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