The UAE has sent a squadron of F-16 jets to Jordan so that its pilots can fly sorties alongside those from Jordan, whose captured pilot, Lt. Muath Kaseasbeh, was shown in an ISIS video released last week being burned alive.
In rejoining the airstrikes, UAE's official news agency said said the emirate "reaffirms [its] unwavering and constant solidarity with Jordan."
The BBC says: "After the murder of Lt. Kasaesbeh, Jordan's Foreign Minister, Nasser Judeh, said the country was 'upping the ante' against IS."
The UAE had suspended flights over concerns that there was an inadequate search-and-rescue infrastructure in place in the region to recover downed pilots.
"This is a big boost and will be helping our (Gulf) brothers shorten their flying distances and intensify strikes against the militants," an unnamed source was quoted by Reuters as saying.
The news agency says that "a U.S. State Department official said on Friday the UAE had reaffirmed its commitment to the air strike coalition and there would be 'positive news on the flight issues' in coming days."