A beloved Jordanian Air Force pilot has been burned alive by terrorist group ISIS. Moath al-Kasasbeh was a pilot in the Jordanian Air Force whose plane went down in Syria, where he was subsequently captured and held by ISIS.
ISIS told Jordan that they would return al-Kasasbeh to Jordan if the Jordanians would release 2 prisoners that were on death row – Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber, and Ziad Karbouli, a former top aide to the deceased leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, according to CNN. Al-Rishawi was on death row for her role in a 2005 suicide bombing at a wedding reception in Jordan that killed dozens of people, and Karbouli was sentenced to death in 2007 after he was convicted of acts of terrorism that killed one person, the plotting of more terrorist attacks, and the possession of explosives (CNN).
Jordan was open to this exchange of hostages, but requested proof that the pilot was alive before Jordan released their prisoners to ISIS. ISIS responded by sending Jordan a 20-minute video showing the pilot being burned alive while trapped in a cage. This had reportedly happened over 2 weeks before Jordan requested proof of life.
Jordan responded by immediately executing Al-Rishawi and Karbouli, and stepping up the bombing of the part of Syria that ISIS controls.
Love and Honor,