King Abdullah II of Jordan. Credit: Chatham House.
(JNS.org) Jordan’s King Abdullah vowed a “severe response” to the Islamic State terror group for its burning alive of Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh.
“The blood of martyr Moaz al-Kasasbeh will not be in vain and the response of Jordan and its army after what happened to our dear son will be severe,” King Abdullah said following a meeting with security chiefs, AFP reported.
Islamic State on Tuesday released a video showing al-Kasasbeh, 26, being burned alive. Al-Kasaesbeh, who was captured last December, is seen standing in a cage as flammable material nearby is being lit by a masked terrorist. The pilot is then burned alive. In addition, Islamic State supporters released a series of photos of the burning on social media.
Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said that Jordan will increase its efforts to combat Islamic State as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the terror group.
“We are talking about a collaborative effort between coalition members to intensify efforts to stop extremism and terrorism to undermine, degrade and eventually finish Daesh,” Mohammad al-Momani said, referencing the Arabic name for Islamic State.
In retaliation for the brutal slaying, Jordan hanged two Iraqi jihadists who were on death row: Sajida al-Rishawi, a failed female suicide bomber, and Ziad al-Karbouly, an al-Qaeda operative.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman praised Jordan for its retaliation against Islamic State.
“King Abdullah should be praised for his prompt and forceful action this morning against this act of terror, executing a female terrorist whose release ISIS (Islamic State) demanded, as well as an al-Qaeda operative, to be followed by the execution of other terrorists incarcerated in Jordan,” Lieberman said in a statement.
Lieberman added that world leaders must “follow King Abdullah’s example in combating terrorism” and reject negotiating with terrorists, saying “they must be destroyed and eradicated” as King Abdullah has done.
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