Syrian opposition denounces Jordanian pilot execution

- President of Syria's main opposition coalition condemned killing of Lieutenant Moaz al-Kassasbeh.

ANKARA (AA) - The president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces denounced Wednesday the murder of a Jordanian air force pilot burned to death by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.

Khaled al-Khouja, the president of the main Syrian opposition coalition based in Istanbul, expressed his condolences over the martyred Lieutenant Moath al-Kassasbeh to his family and King Abdullah of Jordan.

Al-Khouja said the Syrian people also suffer from both ISIL and the "terrorist state” of Assad’s regime, describing both of them as "brothers."

"We call for international aid to the Syrian people to end the suffering from both ISIL and Assad’s regime. The Syrian people are exposed to killing and torture by Assad’s regime," al-Khouja said.

The success against ISIL in Ayn al-Arab, or Kobani, remains a successful example of support, al-Khouja added. He wished for the same support for all Syrian people.

First Lieutenant Muadh al-Kassasbeh’s F-16 was shot down over Syria on Dec. 24 during a bombing raid on ISIL positions near the Syrian city of Raqqa.

The footage of al-Kassasbeh's death was released three days after a video apparently showed the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by ISIL militants.

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

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