The Islamic State (ISIS) released a video of yet another of their brutal practices today, showing the captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burnt alive. Al-Kaseasbeh took part in a bombing mission in Syria, and was captured when his plane crashed on Dec. 24. The 22-minute video appears to show the 26-year-old pilot locked in a cage, wearing an orange suit, and then set on fire.
The video, called “Healing of the Believers’ Chests,” is the longest of all beheading videos previously released by ISIS. It is reported that it’s highly produced and graphically enhanced. It starts with the pilot speaking to the camera, a regular ISIS propaganda style. It then shows the pilot – who appears to be doused in a flammable liquid- walking in front of a line of masked men carrying guns in matching military uniform. The footage then cuts to show the pilot in a locked cage, as an ISIS member holds up a flame, and lights a line of flammable liquid that leads to the man in the cage. You can hear the screams of the man and see him lit on fire, and then collapsing on his back.
The video ends with ISIS announcing a reward of 100 gold dinars to whoever kills a “crusade pilot” and provides a list of wanted Jordanian pilots with their pictures and ranks.
because of the graphic content of the video it is difficult to find, and most of the videos have been removed from YoutTube.
A Jordanian army spokesman spoke on State TV confirming the death of Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, and vowed “revenge”. Jordanian State TV reported the pilot had been killed one month ago, which explains the deadlock in negotiations to trade him for Iraqi suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi detained in a Jordanian Prison for her role in a 2005 attack that killed 60 people in Amman. ISIS demanded her release in a previous video in exchange for captive Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was recently reported to have been beheaded.
Thousands of Jordanians have took to the streets of the capital Amman, expressing anger over the fate of Al Keseasbeh, and demanding the immediate executions of six Islamic State prisoners who are locked up behind Jordanian bars.
Right before cutting his trip to Washington short, Jordan’s King Abdullah II met with president Obama and they both confirmed they would continue to fight ISIS and not give in. The Jordanian king vowed an “earth-shattering response” when he addressed his people. This decision alongside the decision to execute all six prisoners with links to terrorists groups came in response to the sickening footage of Al-Keseasbeh’s murder. Jordan carried out the executions of two Iraqi jihadists at dawn on Wednesday by hanging them, including Iraqi would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi.
Prior to his meeting with King Abdullah II, President Obama spoke on Tuesday about the released video saying that should the video be authenticated it will only re-double the determination of a global coalition to degrade and defeat ISIS. “It also indicates the degree to which whatever ideology their operating of… it’s bankrupt.”
Journalists and citizen journalists on twitter have been using #MuathalKaseasbeh #Jordanianpilot and #Jordan to post updates, pictures from protests, and reactions in Jordan expressing support and grievances.
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Others used the hashtags to advocate for the stop of sharing and watching pictures of AlKaseasbeh, and not encourage such barbaric behaviors.
Following the initiative of “JeSuisCharlie” after the attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, people also started using the hashtag #IamMuath, to show solidarity in the fight against terrorism regardless of religion and location.