February 3, 2015
It was a gruesome and barbaric mode of execution. Moath al-Kasasbeh, the Jordanian pilot held captive by ISIS was in chains, confined in a cage and then burned alive by ISIS, a group known for murderous brutality.
Images of the killing of Kasasbeh posted by the terror group, shows ISIS is adopting a new method of execution in its dealing with captured coalition soldiers, one different from the usual beheadings of innocent civilians that the terror organization has used in earlier killings.
The 22 minutes video began with an attack on King Abdullah II of Jordan, blaming him for the death of Kasasbeh. The attack on the king for the pilot’s death is reminiscent of ISIS’ attack on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, after the group beheaded Kenji Goto, a Japanese Journalist captured by ISIS.
The past week, ISIS had demanded that the Jordanian authority swap Kasasbeh for Sajida Rishawi, the Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for terror related activities. The Jordanians agreed to swap Rishawi for Kasasbeh on condition that ISIS provides a proof of life but Jordan received no answer from the group, which made Jordan skeptical about ISIS’ demand.
After the gruesome killing became public, Jordanian Military Spokesman Mamdouh Al-Amri indicated that Kasasbeh was killed on January 3. This revelation, confirmed the Jordanian authorities belief that ISIS, had not been truthful, when it asked that Rishawi be set free in exchange for the Jordanian pilot. It became clear the prisoner exchange discussions, took place after the assassination of Kasasbeh.
“Those who doubted the atrocities committed by ISIS now have the proof,” said Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani. “Those who doubted Jordan’s power will soon see the proof as well. Al-Kasasbeh’s blood will not be shed in vain.”
With that, it is clear the Jordanian government is preparing to take the fight to ISIS, while at the same time making it clear to the terror group it would do whatever it takes to bring Kasasbeh’s killers to justice.
In the streets of Amman, Jordanians are shouting “death” to Kasasbeh’s killers calling for revenge and vowing to sacrifice their blood to avenge the Pilot’s murder. Many in Jordan had called on the government to negotiate the Pilot release, when ISIS first demanded a prisoner swap. His death and the barbaric nature of the murder, is now making Jordanian men to want to take up arms against ISIS.
Responding to the video, President Obama said that the video, if authentic, is “just one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of the organization.”
“It, I think (referring to the video), will redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of a global coalition to make sure that they’re degraded and ultimately defeated,” said the President.
Jordanian King Abdullah received the news, while meeting with U.S. authorities in Washington, where he condemned the killing and said ISIS’s action do not represent Islam in any way. “It is the duty of all Jordanian sons and daughters to stand united, to show the strength of this people in fighting this group. This will only give us more strength and resistance,” he said.
With the burning of Kasasbeh fresh in their minds, Jordanians will likely be united in the fight against ISIS. Many are beginning to realize the global campaign against terror is not a fight for the U.S. and the West alone. The brutal murder brought the fight home. Jordan is expected to retaliate, a move that could galvanize support in the region against the scourge of ISIS.