US welcomes UAE decision to base fighter jets in Jordan

The United States welcomes a decision by the United Arab Emirates to base its F-16 fighter jets in Jordan for operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a US State Department spokeswoman said on Monday. The UAE had suspended flights as part of the U.S.-led coalition conducting air strikes against Islamic State in view of concerns about search and rescue capabilities after a Jordanian pilot was downed and captured. UAE fighters would now join raids from inside Jordan, a Jordanian army source said on Saturday.



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