Moath al-Ksasbah executed, what will Jordan do?
Jordanian pilot Moath al-Ksasbah was captured by ISIS after his plane either had technical problems or was shot down.
Jordan was unable to secure his release, as negotiations over releasing an ISIS suicide bomber held in Jordan in exchange broke down when ISIS could not offer proof the pilot was still live.
Jordan reportedly threatened to execute every ISIS prisoner it holds if the pilot were not released.
ISIS now has released a video showing the pilot being burned alive (we will not link to video).
— Zaid Benjamin (@zaidbenjamin) February 3, 2015
This comes just days after ISIS reportedly executed a second Japanese hostage.
The Jordan Times confirms the death and says it took place on January 3.
Let’s make this the photo we share of Moaz al-Kasasbeh. Do not share what ISIS want us to share. pic.twitter.com/n0eImqqMDm
— Historical Pics (@HistoricalPics) February 3, 2015
UPDATE No. 2 (h/t Hot Air)
Jordan will execute Wednesday an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death row and other jihadists after having vowed to avenge the murder of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State jihadists, an official said.
“The sentence of death pending on… Iraqi Sajida al-Rishawi will be carried out at dawn,” the security official said on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Rishawi, the would-be bomber, was condemned to death for her participation in deadly attacks in Amman in 2005, and IS had offered to spare the life of the Jordanian fighter pilot, Lieutenant Maaz al-Kassasbeh, if she were released.
“The death sentence will be carried out on a group of jihadists, starting with Rishawi, as well as Iraqi Al-Qaeda operative Ziad Karbuli and others who attacked Jordan’s interests,” the security source said.
“Jordan’s response will be earth-shattering,” Information Minister Mohammed Momani said earlier on television, while the army and government vowed to avenge the pilot’s murder.
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— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) February 4, 2015
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[Featured Image: Moath al-Ksasbah after capture by ISIS]