Walking to his death: The professionally shot and edited footage shows Moaz al-Kasasbeh walking towards the cage in which he would be burnt alive
via ISIS Video Shows Jordanian Pilot Being Burned Alive : The Two-Way : NPR.
A video from the self-declared Islamic State militant group shows Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who had been held by the group since his capture in December, being burned alive.
Reporter Alison Meuse tells our Newscast unit about the video. Please note that the description is graphic. Meuse says:
“The video begins with videos of Jordan’s king meeting with President Obama and pledging his country’s support in the fight against the Islamic State. The video paints the Arab monarchy as a puppet of the West and an enemy of Muslims. A montage of newscasts announce the Jordanian pilot’s capture when his F-16 crashed in northern Syria. Then the scene changes. We see First Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh walking in an orange jumpsuit past a firing squad. He is put inside a metal cage. In slow motion, one of the masked men lights a fuse that engulfs his body in flames. We hear the pilot’s tormented screams as Islamic chants play in the background. Eventually, his blackened body kneels, seemingly lifeless. A plow buries the cage in rubble.”
Jordan’s state television confirmed the death; it also said that Kaseasbeh was killed Jan. 3 — one month ago. In a statement read on Jordanian TV, Mamdouh al-Ameri, a spokesman for the Jordanian armed forces, vowed “punishment and revenge” for Kaseasbeh’s killing.
King Abdullah, who is in Washington, will meet President Obama this evening, the White House said. Earlier, Abdullah met with Vice President Joe
Biden. He is then expected to return home to deal with the fallout from the killing. Earlier today, the U.S. pledged to nearly double — pending congressional approval — aid to Jordan from $600 million to $1 billion.
Ironically, the Wall Street Journal’s front page headline was “Jordanians Question Role in Terror Fight.” Some excerpts:
“It is not Jordan’s duty to fight Islamic State in Syria and Iraq,” said Oudeh al-Hamaydeh, a former intelligence official in Amman who retired late last year. “The government didn’t succeed in tackling the root causes that encourage Jordanians to become extremists, like poverty, corruption and the lack of opportunities. Why should we fight terrorism abroad, while we have not dealt with the reasons at home?”
Government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani and other officials couldn’t be reached for comment.
In addition to the rising opposition to Jordan’s role in the coalition, extremism persists in the country. One senior official estimates 1,500 Jordanians are fighting with extremist groups in Syria such as Islamic State. But analysts say the number is higher—making the country one of the largest contributors.
But the country’s youth continue to join groups such as Islamic State in droves. Jordan’s youth represents 70% of the population, with unemployment averaging 34 % since 2010, according to the International Labor Organization.
Just last week, the son of a Jordanian parliamentarian, Mohammed al Abadi, was killed in Deraa, the town in southern Syria where that country’s uprising began in 2011. He was said to have been fighting for Nusra Front, the al Qaeda-linked rebel group in Syria. Mr. Abadi confirmed in an interview that his son died while fighting for rebels in Syria, but said he didn’t know which group he was with.
So Jordanians don’t want to fight in Syria or Iraq and Jordanian youth are joining ISIS in ever higher numbers. What exactly will the $1 Billion of tax dollars plundered from American citizens be used for in Jordan?
U.S. aid to Jordan has risen steadily since Syria’s conflict broke out in 2011 and the CIA began training moderate Syrian rebels at Jordanian bases. American aid to Jordan last year reached $1 billion, when rebel training was ramped up. That was one of the largest packages since 1991, only surpassed by the $1.1 billion during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Meanwhile, Jordan announces execution of six ISIS prisoners ‘within hours’ in retaliation (see update below)
The chilling footage, entitled ‘Healing the Believers’ Chests’, appears to show the captured airman being set alight as the militants – infamous for their barbaric murders – plunged new depths of depravity.
The expertly-edited footage, filmed from several camera angles, shows the pilot wearing an orange jumpsuit and seemingly doused in fuel, as a trail of petrol leading up to the iron bars of the cage is seen being set ablaze.
Flames are seen quickly spreading across the dirt to the cage where they completely engulf the helpless pilot in images that are far too distressing to publish.
The release of the video has prompted Jordan to announce it will execute all six prisoners convicted of association with ISIS ‘within hours’.
Within an hour of the 22-minute-long video’s publication, Jordan reportedly moved ISIS-linked prisoners to a jail in the south of the country which is usually used for state executions.
It is understood the execution of Sajida al-Rishawi – the female militant whom ISIS had originally demanded Jordan release in exchange for Kasasbeh – will take place tomorrow morning.
As the Daily Mail put it: “yet another new low for humanity” - courtesy of Muslims trying to establish a caliphate ruled by sharia law, as the Koran instructs.
Update: Jordan executes two Iraqi militants in response to pilot’s death
AMMAN, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Jordan has executed by hanging a jailed Iraqi woman militant whose release had been demanded by the Islamic State group that burnt a captured Jordanian pilot to death, a security source said on Wednesday.
Responding to the killing of the pilot, whose death was announced on Tuesday, the Jordanian authorities also executed another senior al Qaeda prisoner sentenced to death for plots to wage attacks against the pro-Western kingdom in the last decade.
Sajida al-Rishawi, the Iraqi woman militant, was sentenced to death for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack that killed 60 people. Ziyad Karboli, an Iraqi al Qaeda operative, who was convicted in 2008 for killing a Jordanian, was also executed at dawn, the source said.
Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi was involved in another high-profile suicide bomb attack. The Iraqi would-be suicide bomber was arrested after she failed to self-detonate during a triple suicide bombing against hotels in Amman, Jordan, in November 2005.
The memory hole will soon be full:
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