Jordan’s swift revenge on ISIS

Written By komlim puldel on Rabu, 04 Februari 2015 | 20.01

The Islamic State has released a video purportedly showing Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh being burned alive.

Horrific ... Islamic State has released video showing Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burnt alive in a cage. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

  • ISIS kill Jordanian pilot Muathal-Kaseasbeh
  • King Abdullah of Jordan called the pilot's killing an act of "cowardly terror"
  • Jordan has declared they will execute six jailed militants including al-Qaeda prisoner, Sajida Rishawi as revenge
  • Barack Obama and King Abdullah meet
  • Jordan executes two prisoners in response to killing


A GOVERNMENT spokesman says Jordan has executed two prisoners after Islamic State killed Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh.

Would-be Iraqi female suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi and Iraqi al Qaeda member Ziad al-Karboli were executed at 4am local time today (1pm AEDT), government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani told AFP.

A security source said the executions were carried out at Swaqa prison south of the capital Amman.

Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's most prestigious centre of learning, has also called for the killing and crucifixion of militants from the Islamic State group, expressing outrage over their murder of the pilot.

In a statement after the burning alive of Maaz al-Kassasbeh, the Cairo-based authority called for the "killing, crucifixion and chopping of the limbs of Islamic State terrorists".

Jordan had promised to begin executing death-row Islamic extremists at daybreak in response to the murder of Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who was captured by IS when his plane went down in December.

Rishawi, 44, was condemned to death for her participation in deadly attacks in Amman in 2005 and IS had offered to spare Kassasbeh's life and free a Japanese hostage — who was later beheaded — if she were released.

IS earlier released a video showing Jordanian hostage Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burnt alive inside a metal cage, following a week-long drama over a possible prisoner exchange.

The Jordanian government confirmed the horrific video's authenticity and said they would execute about six jailed militants as "punishment". Jordan's army also pledged to exact "revenge at the level of disaster" for "martyr" al-Kaseasbeh.

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Brutal ... Islamic State video shows the murder of Jordanian hostage Muath al-Kaseasbeh. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

Jordan's swift revenge

Jordan has executed two prisoners, including a would-be female suicide bomber from al-Qaeda.

The executions which happened at dawn came just hours after IS militants released the video purportedly showing a captured Jordanian fighter pilot being burned alive in a cage.

Jordan vowed a swift and lethal response.

Government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said that two prisoners, Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli, were executed by hanging at 4am local time on Wednesday.

Al-Rishawi has been on death row for her role in a triple hotel bombing in the Jordanian capital Amman in 2005 that killed dozens.

Islamic State's brutal act

The execution of the high-profile hostage, who was captured in December, happened on January 3.

The highly-produced, 22-minute video shows al-Kaseasbeh sitting at a table discussing coalition operations against IS, with flags from the various Western and Arab countries in the alliance projected in the background.

It then shows al-Kaseasbeh dressed in an orange jumpsuit and surrounded by armed and masked IS fighters in camouflage. It cuts to the 26-year-old standing inside the cage and apparently doused in petrol before he is immolated.

Appalling ... The video apparently shows the pilot doused in petrol before his death. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

At the end of the IS video, a list of names and addresses for other Jordanian pilots appears.

It is believed Kaseasbeh was tortured into giving them up before he was killed

There is an offer of 100 gold dinars (over $25,000) for each pilot murdered.

Response to the execution

King Abdullah of Jordan has addressed the nation on television calling the pilot's killing an act of "cowardly terror" by a deviant group which bears no relation to Islam, reported the Mirror.

He asked for the nation to remain united.

He met with President Barack Obama with both vowing not to let up in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Fighting on ... President Barack Obama in discussion with King Abdullah II of Jordan. Picture: AP/Evan Vucci Source: AP

Obama hosted Abdullah at the White House for a hastily arranged meeting,

In response to the video, Jordan has reportedly declared they will execute al-Qaeda prisoner, Sajida Rishawi, "within hours" and at least another five al-Qaeda operatives.

A Jordanian army spokesman said the country would get "revenge" for al-Kaseasbeh.

"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," armed forced spokesman Mamdouh al-Ameri said on Jordanian television.

"While the military forces mourn the martyr, they emphasise his blood will not be shed in vain. Our punishment and revenge will be as huge as the loss of the Jordanians."

King Abdullah of Jordan has also cut short his trip to the US and will return home.

Barbaric ... Jordan wants revenge for the murder of Islamic State hostage, Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

He and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh were meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry around the time the news broke.

Family of murdered pilot learn of his fate

Jordan's head of armed forces informed the pilot's family of the horrific news, Express reports.

At a tribal meeting place where the pilot's relatives have waited for weeks for word on his fate, chants against Jordan's King Abdullah II erupted and some family members wept.

An uncle shouted in Arabic: "I received a phone call from the chief of staff saying God bless his soul."

The father of the Jordanian Pilot burned alive at the hands of ISIS, breaks down upon hearing the news of his son's death.

The pilot's father, Safi, was surrounded by family members.

Local media reported devastated family members fell to the floor, gripped by grief, after being notified.

There are also rioting in the pilot's home town of Karak in Jordan. Protesters are reportedly blocking roads, burning tyres and demanding justice for the slain pilot.

Shocked ... Supporters and family members of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh pray following his reported killing, at the Karak tribal gathering chamber. Picture: AFP /STR Source: AFP

Revenge ... Many Jordanians wants revenge for Maaz al-Kassasbeh murder. Picture: AFP/STR Source: AFP

"I want to see Sajida body's burnt and all the other terrorists in Jordanian prisons ... Only then will my thirst for revenge be satisfied," said Abdullah al-Majali, a government employee among dozens of demonstrators in the centre of Karak reported the Mirror.

Heartbreak ... the sister, right, and wife, left, of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, cry during a protest in front of the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, on January 28. Picture: AP Photo/Raad Adayleh Source: AP

Devastated ... the mother of Jordanian air force pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh pictured on 27 January. Picture: AFP/Khalil Mazraawi Source: AFP

World leaders react

US President Barack Obama said the video is more evidence of the "viciousness and barbarity" of IS, indicating that "whatever ideology they are operating out of is bankrupt."

He added that it would "redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of our global coalition to make sure they are degraded and ultimately defeated."

In his meeting with King Abdullah, Obama offered "his deepest condolences" over the pilot's death, the White House said.

"The president and King Abdullah reaffirmed that the vile murder of this brave Jordanian will only serve to steel the international community's resolve to destroy ISIL," said White House spokesman Alistair Baskey, using an acronym for the extremist group.

The White House said previously that a meeting between the two men was not on the schedule.

President Obama comments on the release Tuesday of a video appearing to show Islamic State executing a captured Jordanian pilot by burning him alive.

Vice President Joe Biden, who held a previously scheduled lunch with Abdullah in Washington also condemned the killings and called for the release of all prisoners held by Islamic State militants. The king also held previously scheduled meetings with US senators.

British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted his condolences: "Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh's sickening murder will only strengthen our resolve to defeat ISIL. My prayers are with his family tonight."

General Lloyd Austin, head of Central Command who is leading the war against IS, said he spoke with the chief of staff of Jordan's armed forces and "assured him that we stand with our Jordanian partners and together we will fight this barbaric enemy until it is defeated."

Condolences ... Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the murder of the Jordanian pilot, two Japanese hostages were also recently murdered by ISIS. Picture: AP/Koji Sasahara Source: AP

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also condemned the apparent execution by the Islamic State group of a Jordanian pilot as "unforgivable", days after the murders of two Japanese hostages.

"It was an unforgivable, outrageous act. I strongly condemn it," Abe said in parliament hours after the video surfaced.

When I think about the feelings of his family, I am rendered simply speechless. Representing the Japanese government and people, I express here our sincere condolences," Abe said.

"Japan is with Jordan at this difficult time," he stated, offering "sincere solidarity".

"I am infuriated by these inhumane and despicable acts of terrorism," he said.

The capture of Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh

Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh was captured by IS militants on December 26 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 to be captured.

Following militant demands, Jordan's government said it was willing to trade Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, an al-Qaeda prisoner, for the pilot.

Al-Rishawi faces death in Jordan for her role in a 2005 hotel attack that killed 60 people. She was still wearing her bomb-belt when she was arrested.

However the Jordanian government said they had not received proof from IS that Mr al-Kasasbeh was still alive.

Prisoner ... Jordan said it was willing to trade al-Qaeda prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi (pictured) for pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh. Picture: AP Source: AP

Al-Kasaesbeh had been held hostage with Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was purportedly beheaded in a video released by the terrorists on Saturday.

The video of al-Kasaesbeh's execution appeared aimed at testing Jordan's continuing participation in the US-led coalition attacking the IS group.

Jordan's king, a close Western ally, has portrayed the campaign against the extremists as a battle over values, but the air strikes against fellow Muslims are not popular in Jordan.

Slaughtered ... Japanese journalist Kenji Goto (left) and Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh have been killed by Islamic State militants. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

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