Jordan executes two terrorists in retaliation for ISIS killing of pilot

February 4, 2015 9:57 am

Jordan announced early this morning that they have executed two Al-Qaeda
in retaliation for the killing of their pilot, Moath
al-Kasasbeh. The prisoners killed are; would-be al Qaeda suicide bomber
Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli.

Al-Rishawi
has been on death row for her role in a triple hotel bombing in the
Jordanian capital of Amman in 2005 that killed 57 people. She’s the same
person had asked to have in exchange for the release of Moath.

The killing of the two terrorists came just hours after ISIS released a
video showing the gruesome killing of Moath, who was burned alive in a
cage. Jordan has promised more harsh punishments.
A Jordanian government spokesman says Jordan has executed two
prisoners, including a would-be female suicide bomber from al-Qaida.
The
executions at dawn Wednesday came just hours after Islamic State
militants released a video that purportedly showed a captured Jordanian
fighter pilot being burned alive in a cage.
Jordan vowed a swift
and lethal response. Government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said that
two prisoners, Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli, were executed
early Wednesday.
Al-Rishawi has been on death row for her role in a triple hotel
bombing in the Jordanian capital Amman in 2005 that killed dozens.

The highly choreographed 22-minute video released by Isis
online showed images of a man purported to be First Lieutenant Maaz
al-Kassasbeh, captured in December, engulfed in flames.
King
Abdullah II cut short a visit to Washington to fly home, state
television said, as Amman confirmed the death of the 26-year-old fighter
pilot and vowed an “earth-shattering response”.
The video, whose
authenticity was not immediately verified, enraged officials and the
army in Jordan vowed to avenge the murder of the 26-year-old pilot.
Earlier today, a security official said an Iraqi would-be suicide
bomber on death row, Rishawi, and other jihadists will be executed at
dawn on Wednesday local time.
“The death sentence will be carried
out on a group of jihadists, starting with Rishawi, as well as Iraqi
Al-Qaeda operative Ziad Karbuli and others who attacked Jordan’s
interests,” said the official.
State television said Kassasbeh
had already been killed on January 3, before Isis offered to spare his
life and free a Japanese journalist in return for Rishawi’s release.

“Every time you think they cannot commit anything worse — they open up another trapdoor.”

Shiraz Maher, from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation

US
President Barack Obama denounced the apparent killing as “just one more
indication of the viciousness (and) barbarity” of Isis.
The
United States will “redouble the vigilance and determination on the part
of the global coalition to make sure” the group is “ultimately
defeated”, he added.
The White House said US intelligence was working to confirm the video’s authenticity.

‘Barbaric enemy’

The
chief of the US-led war on IS, General Lloyd Austin, condemned the
pilot’s murder as “savage” and vowed to “fight this barbaric enemy until
it is defeated”.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the
“sickening murder will only strengthen our resolve to defeat ISIL”,
another acronym for Isis.

Kassasbeh was captured on December 24 after his F-16 jet crashed
during a mission over northern as part of the US-led campaign
against the jihadists.
The video released today shows footage of
him at a table recounting coalition operations against Isis, with flags
from the various Western and Arab countries in the alliance projected in
the background.
It then shows Kassasbeh dressed in an orange jumpsuit and surrounded by armed and masked Isis fighters in camouflage.
It
cuts to him standing inside the cage and apparently soaked in petrol
before a masked jihadist uses a torch to light a trail of flame that
runs to the cage and burns him alive.
The video also offered rewards for the killing of other “crusader” pilots.
The release of the video of Kassasbeh’s purported murder came after Isis beheaded two Japanese hostages within a week.

‘Horrific, disgusting’ footage

The
Isis (Islamic State) group had vowed to kill the second Japanese, Kenji
Goto, and Kassasbeh by sunset on January 29 unless Amman handed over
Rishawi.
Kassasbeh’s plane was the first loss of an aircraft since the US-led coalition launched strikes against Isis last year.
Along with Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are taking part in the air strikes in Syria.
Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France and the Netherlands are participating in .
Isis
seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria last year, declaring an
Islamic “caliphate” and committing a wave of atrocities.
The
extremist group claimed in a video released at the weekend that it had
killed 47-year-old Goto, after previously murdering another Japanese
hostage, Haruna Yukawa.
It had initially demanded a $200 million
ransom for the Japanese hostages — the same amount Tokyo had promised
in non-military aid to countries affected by Isis.
Isis had previously beheaded two US journalists, an American aid worker and two British aid workers in similar videos.
Shiraz
Maher, from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at
King’s College London, described the footage as “simply the most
horrific, disgusting thing I have seen from Islamic State in the last
two years”.
“They clearly want to make a real point. This is the
first individual whom they have captured who has been directly involved
with the Western coalition in fighting IS. It is different from the aid
workers… This is an act of belligerence.
“Every time you think they cannot commit anything worse — they open up another trapdoor.”
Jordan
had vowed to do everything it could to save the pilot but had demanded
proof he was still alive before handing over Rishawi.
Isis had
previously published what it said was an interview with the pilot in
which he said his plane was hit by a heat-seeking missile.
It claimed to have shot down his plane but both Jordan and the United States said it had crashed.
Kassasbeh’s
family had urged Isis to release the recently married pilot, with his
father Safi asking the jihadist group to show “mercy”.

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