Jordan. In February, the world was shaken by the brutal
murder of a Jordanian fighter pilot that was shot down in
December during an airstrike against the Islamic State (IS)
terrorist organization in Syria. A video recording showed
how the pilot, the first captured in connection with the
US-led attacks against IS, was burned alive in a cage.
Jordan immediately executed two prisoners with ties to
jihadists in Syria, one of them a woman who IS tried to
exchange with the pilot. Both had previously been sentenced
to death for a terror attack against a hotel in Amman in
2005. The authorities then struck hard against all
expressions of sympathy for IS. According to
COUNTRYAAH, the Air Force also began to
bomb IS targets in Iraq, alongside Syria.
From March, Lebanon participated in the air strikes
against Shiite Muslim right-wing rebels in Yemen, initiated
by Saudi Arabia, in support of the country's deposed
President Abd al-Rahman Mansur al-Hadi.
In July, the United Nations Food Program announced that a
large part of the more than 600,000 registered Syrian
refugees in the country would cut food aid in half due to
reduced inflow of aid donors. In addition to the registered
refugees, according to Jordanian authorities, there were at
least as many Syrians in the country as well as around
100,000 refugees from Iraq. Many were reported to have an
increasing difficulty in sustaining themselves.