Jordanian Pilot Burned Alive By Islamic State

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh.Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh.

The terrorist group Islamic State, also know as ISIS, released a video on Feb. 2 which appears to show Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive.

NPR reported Kaseasbeh was captured by Islamic State after his F-16 fighter plane went down over northern Syria in December. On Jan. 29, Jordan said it was willing to trade Kaseasbeh, 26, for Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who had been sentenced to death for her role in an attack on a hotel in Amman in 2005. Islamic State insisted she be released that day, so no deal was made.

Jordan’s state television confirmed Kaseasbeh was killed on Jan. 3, long before that negotiation.

Reporter Alison Meuse told NPR, "The video beings with videos of Jordan's king meeting with President (Barack) Obama and pledging his country's support in the fight against the Islamic State.” The video generally portrays the Jordanian monarchy as a puppet of the U.S. and contains of montage of newscasts discussing Kaseasbeh’s capture.

“We see First Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh walking in an orange jumpsuit past a firing squad. He is put inside a metal cage. In slow motion, one of the masked men lights a fuse that engulfs his body in flames,” she said. “We hear the pilot's tormented screams as Islamic chants play in the background. Eventually, his blackened body kneels, seemingly lifeless. A plow buries the cage in rubble."

BBC reported U.S. State Department said it was working to authenticate the video, but Obama said in a statement that, if the video was real, it would be "one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity.”

"I think it will redouble the vigilance and determination of the part of the global coalition to make sure they are degraded and ultimately defeated," he said.

Sources: NPR, BBC Image EPA via BBC