‘US-led coalition making progress against IS’

Amman, June 4 (IANS) The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) is making progress on the ground and destroying the group’s military capabilities, Jordan’s minister of state for media affairs has said, media reported on Thursday.

Jordan is training Syrian people and several Syrian tribes to empower them to stand up to the IS in certain areas in Syria, Mohammad Momani said, Xinhua news agency reported.

Jordan is part of the US coalition that was formed last year with the participation of several Arab and Western countries to fight the IS.

Jordan intensified its role in the coalition after the group earlier this year burnt alive a Jordanian pilot it had captured.

Momani stressed that the Jordanian armed forces are capable of dealing with any dangers on the border that is safe and well secured.

On the situation in Syria, the minister reiterated Jordan’s call for a political solution that preserves the country’s stability, unity and territorial integrity.

The minister added that Jordan will continue its humanitarian role by receiving Syrian refugees, adding that there are more than 1.4 million Syrian refugees in Jordan at present.

He called on the international community to provide aid to Jordan to be able to handle the continued influx of Syrian refugees.

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