On Tuesday, the militant extremist group, the Islamic State, released a video showing Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, being burned alive. The pilot was captured in December when his F-16 crashed near the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, which controls about a third of both Syria and neighboring Iraq in a self-declared caliphate. The undated video of al-Kaseasbeh’s apparent death comes just days after ISIS uploaded another video showing what appeared to be the decapitated head of a Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto.
Last week the Jordanian government had offered to release an al Qaeda prisoner in exchange for al-Kaseasbeh, but officials said ISIS failed to prove that the pilot was alive. Jordanians are said to be ‘boiling with anger’ and looking for retaliation. The kingdom vowed a swift and lethal response to what it called a “barbaric” act.
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