10 February 2015 By Omar Ashour University of Exeter – BBC Middle East
Messages written on Jordanian air-to-surface missiles before they were fired at alleged Islamic State (IS) positions in Raqqa, Syria, summed up the mood of many in the country.
They included "This one is for the enemy of Islam, Omar Shishani", a reference to a Chechen IS commander, and "Our soldiers will be victorious", a Koranic verse.
The air strikes were a reaction by the Jordanian authorities to the immolation by IS of the Jordanian pilot, Flight Lt Moaz al-Kasasbeh, whose F-16 was allegedly shot down near Raqqa in December.
They were preceded by the executions of two operatives from al-Qaeda in Iraq, a precursor to IS. Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziyad Karboli, both Iraqis, had previously been sentenced to death in connection with attacks in the kingdom in 2005 and 2008.
What will the current escalation between IS and the Hashemite regime mean for Jordan?
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