AMMAN, Jordan – Jordan has a new ally in its air war against ISIS. The United Arab Emirates have joined the fray with a squadron of F-16 fighter jets.
Meantime, Japanese officials stopped a freelance journalist from traveling to Syria by taking his passport. Government officials say the recent murder by ISIS of two Japanese citizens left them no choice.
And, there’s still no word on whether 26-year-old Kayla Mueller, an aid worker from Arizona, is still alive.
Isis posted twitter photos of a building where they say Mueller died after a Jordanian air attack last week.
ISIS kidnapped Mueller in August 2013 as she left a hospital in Aleppo, Syria. Since then, her family has been in quiet negotiations with ISIS, trying to get her released.
The Jerusalem Post says ISIS sentenced Mueller to death last July, and threatened to carry out the sentence within 30 days if the US didn’t release Afafia Siddiqui, the so-called Lady al-Qaeda.
She’s the Pakistani neuroscientist held in the federal prison in Carswell, Texas, convicted in 2010 of trying to kill Americans while she was imprisoned in Afghanistan.
In a YouTube video of a talk she made in Houston in 1991, she explained how Islam is a religion that respects and protects women. Apparently, ISIS missed that speech.