Operation Martyr Muath

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Operation Martyr Muath
Part of Jordanian intervention in the Syrian Civil War
Two F-16 of the Royal Jordanian Air Force.jpg
Two F-16 of the Royal Jordanian Air Force
Date2 February 2015 - 5 February
Result Jordanian victory
Jordan Jordan Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Islamic State
Commanders and leaders
Jordan King Abdullah Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
30 F-16 fighter jets 200,000
Casualties and losses
none 55 ISIS militants killed and 56 targets destroyed

Operation Martyr Muath (Arabic: عملية الشهيد معاذ) was a 3-day series of airstrikes by the Royal Jordanian Air Force on Islamic State targets in response to the execution of the pilot Muath Al-Kasasbeh by burning.[1]

Capture of Muath[edit]

Pilot Muath Al-Kasasbeh of the Royal Jordanian Air Force was captured on 24 December 2014 after his F-16 jet crashed over ISIS-held territory during a mission. The Jordanian government spent the next three months negotiating the pilot's release in exchange for some ISIS and Al-Qaeda prisoners from Jordanian prisons. On 2 February 2015, a 22-minute video was released by ISIS showed the pilot being interrogated and then burned alive in a cage. However, it is believed that the pilot was executed on 3 January and that ISIS was thus negotiating fully for an entire month.[2]


Jordan's three-day aerial bombardment of ISIS-held territory in Syria targeted ISIS training camps, ammunition depots and oil extraction facilities, which inflicted 55 casualties among ISIS fighters, including a high-ranking official known as the "Prince of Nineveh".[3] Jordanian state TV released footage showing fighter jets leaving Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in Azraq, with the video entitled, "this is the beginning and you will get to know the Jordanians".[citation needed]


Jordanian F-16s returning from the bombing campaign made a diversion in Al-Karak, over the place where King Abdullah II and large crowds gathered to offer condolences to Muath's family.[4]

ISIS falsely claimed that Jordanian airstrikes had killed female American hostage Kayla Mueller, a claim that was debunked by Jordanian and American government officials.[5]


  1. ^ "Armed forces launches 'Operation Martyr Muath' | Jordan Times". Archived from the original on 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  2. ^ "Jordan launches airstrikes against ISIS in Syria - CNN.com". CNN. CNN. 2015-02-01. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  3. ^ "en/News/middle-east/2015/02/05/Jordanian-airstrikes-kill-55-ISIS-militants-one-commander". english.alarabiya.net. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  4. ^ "Jordan says its airstrikes are targeting Islamic State leadership - The Washington Post". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  5. ^ "Jordan unites in march amid ISIL claims that airstrikes killed US hostage | The National". thenational.ae. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-31.

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