10 February 2015 by BBC Middle East
The United Arab Emirates has resumed air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants for the first time since halting operations last year. The UAE had suspended its involvement in coalition strikes after a Jordanian pilot was captured in Syria by IS. But after a video of him being burnt alive emerged, the UAE said it was sending F-16 fighters to Jordan. The UAE jets returned safely, a statement published on state media said giving few other details. Jordan vowed to wipe IS "off the face of the earth" after the murder of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh. The US-led coalition, including a number of Arab states, has been carrying out strikes against IS targets in Iraq and Syria. Until now, Arab states have only been involved in a fraction of the air campaign against the militants. The news comes after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the BBC in an exclusive interview he is receiving information from a third party about the strikes.