Jordan Vows To Execute Prisoner After ISIS Burn Pilot Alive
Jordan will execute an Iraqi prisoner in response to the disturbing ISIS video purportedly showing a Jordanian pilot being burned to death.
A Jordanian security source told Reuters that Jordan will execute Iraqi prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi and other Islamist inmates “within hours”.
The official claimed Sajida al-Rishawi, a failed female suicide-bomber whose release ISIS had demanded in a previous video, would be executed along with four other Islamist terrorists.
In an official statement to Jordanian state TV, a Jordanian military spokesman confirmed al-Kassasbeh’s death and vowed “revenge”.
“The military forces announce that the hero pilot, Muath al-Kaseasbeh, has fallen as a martyr, and ask God to accept him with the martyrs,” Mamdouh al-Ameri said in a statement, translated by the Associated Press.
“While the military forces mourn the martyr, they emphasize his blood will not be shed in vain. Our punishment and revenge will be as huge as the loss of the Jordanians,” he added.
The video posted online today purportedly shows Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, being burned to death by his captors following a weeklong hostage drama.
The 20-minute-long video included purported images of the pilot showing signs of having been beaten, including a black eye. At the end of the video a masked militant lights a line of fuel leading to the cage.
Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, 26, fell into the hands of the militants in December when his Jordanian F-16 crashed near Raqqa, Syria, the de facto capital of the group’s self-styled caliphate.
He was the first pilot from the US-led coalition battling the group to be captured.