Downed Jordanian Pilot Captured by Barbaric ISIS Group Locked in Cage, Burned Alive

KassabehA horrific new video released by the barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which also identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, shows a captured Jordanian pilot being locked in a cage and burned alive.

As previously reported, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto—who was beheaded over the weekend—was featured in a video last week holding a photograph of Jordanian First Lt. Moaz al-Kassasbeh, and warning that ISIS would kill both of them if jailed female would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi was not released.

The woman cited had been convicted in 2006 for her participation in the 2005 bomb attacks on hotels in Amman, Jordan. She was to have served as a suicide bomber, but her vest failed to detonate.

Jordanian officials had retorted that if anything happened to al-Kassabeh, they would execute the terrorists responsible for his death.

On Tuesday, ISIS released video and photographs that purportedly showed the pilot locked in a metal cage while surrounded by jihadist fighters. As with other captives, al-Kassabeh was dressed in an orange jumpsuit, but his clothing was wet with what was believed to be gasoline or some other kind of accelerant. There was also trail of powder leading from outside the cage to the pilot.

Kassabeh IIISIS member Emir Ahmed is then seen bending down to light the fire with a torch, and al-Kassabeh screams in terror before falling to his knees. Moments later, he is engulfed in flames as he dies. Another ISIS member driving a tractor then dumps rocks and sand onto the cage to extinguish the fire.

The 22-minute video was entitled “Healing the Believers’ Chests” and is in the process of being authenticated. The beginning of the video shows footage of King Abdullah of Jordan meeting with Barack Obama, vowing to join the fight against the Islamic State.

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Ironically, Abdullah was visiting the United States when the video was released, and is expected to cut his visit to Washington short due to the incident.

“While the military forces mourn the martyr, they emphasize his blood will not be shed in vain,” spokesman Mamdouh al-Ameri said in a statement on Jordanian television. “Our punishment and revenge will be as huge as the loss of the Jordanians.”

Barack Obama also commented on the matter, stating that if the video and photographs are authenticated, they will serve as “just one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of this organization.”

“It will redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of the global coalition to make sure that they are degraded and ultimately defeated,” he said.

al-Kassabeh, 26, had been captured in December after his fighter jet went down over Syria.


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