Islamic State releases video showing Jordanian pilot being burned alive

Islamic State releases video showing Jordanian pilot being burned alive February 3, 2015

Allahu Akbar? Horrifying images released by the Islamic State show Jordanian military pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh being burned alive while wearing an orange jumpsuit and locked up inside a cage.

USA Today reports:

The 22 minute, 34 second video titled Healing of the Believers’ Chests shows media footage of Jordan’s involvement in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State and then shows al-Kaseasbeh — bearing a black eye — discussing Jordan’s operations in a news-style monologue.

Afterward, the video goes back and forth between shots of al-Kaseasbeh surrounded by fighters and shots of the aftermath of bombings. At the end of the video, al-Kaseasbeh stands inside a cage and is burned alive by the militants.

The Jordanian pilot, Maaz al-Kassasbeh, was captured by the Islamic State in late December when his plane crashed in Syria during a bombing run against the group.

The latest video comes just days after the Islamic State released a video of the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

After hearing about the tragic fate of the Jordanian pilot, President Barack Obama said:

It’s just one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of this organization.

UK prime minister David Cameron has also issued a statement. He said:

Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh’s sickening murder will only strengthen our resolve to defeat ISIL. My prayers are with his family tonight.

The release of the latest video has prompted Jordan to announce it will execute all prisoners convicted of association with ISIS “within hours.” This includes Sajida al-Rishawi – the female failed suicide bomber whom ISIS had originally demanded Jordan release in exchange for al-Kasasbeh.

The Islamic State has issued a series of grisly videos showing the killing of captives, including two American journalists, an American aid worker and two British aid workers. Tuesday’s was the first to show a captive being burned alive.

Jordanian pilot, Maaz al-Kassasbeh, moments before his death.
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