Jordan army confirms pilot's execution, vows revenge

The Jordanian army on Tuesday confirmed the execution of a pilot held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group and vowed revenge for his death

The Jordanian army on Tuesday confirmed the execution of a pilot held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group and vowed revenge for his death

AMMAN – The Jordanian army on Tuesday confirmed the execution of a pilot held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group and vowed revenge for his death.

In a televised speech, an army spokesman said that Lt. Moaz al-Kasasba had been executed by the ISIL on Jan. 3.

He said that the army has been trying to rescue the pilot since he was captured by the militant group after his fighter plane crashed in the Syrian city of Raqqa last December.

The army spokesman went on to vow to exact revenge on the killers of al-Kasasba.

A relative of al-Kasasba told The Anadolu Agency that the Jordanian army had informed the family of the pilot's execution by the ISIL.

Earlier Tuesday, a video published online claimed to show al-Kasasba being burnt alive by the ISIL.

The video, which has not yet been verified, shows a man wearing an orange suit standing in a cage surrounded by masked and armed men, who then set on fire the captured person.

Jordanian authorities had tried to secure the pilot, but ISIL initially made his release conditional on the release from a Jordanian jail of would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi.

Last summer, the ISIL captured large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, killing thousands in the process. It later declared the captured territories to be part of a self-styled "Islamic caliphate."

Since the group captured the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June of last year, a U.S.-led coalition has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL targets in both Iraq and Syria.

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