Daesh burns Jordanian pilot alive

Published February 3rd, 2015 - 05:02 GMT

Al Jazeera's Arabic television channel reports Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kasasbeh has been burned to death by Daesh (also known to many as ISIS).

Daesh has released a video purporting the death of al-Kasasbeh, in which he can be seen being burned alive inside a metal cage.

This barabic execution of al-Kasasbeh follows the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto last Saturday. Both men were being held hostage by Daesh.

Daesh had previously demanded a prisoner exchange to safeguard the life of al-Kasasbeh, who was captured in December after his plane crashed over Raqqa while fighting for the US-led coalition against the Islamist militants. 

The Jordanian government was given two deadlines, both of which have expired, to bring Iraqi prisoner Sajida al-Rashawi to the Turkish border in exchange for Goto and to guarantee the safety of al-Kasasbeh.

Sajida al-Rishawi was sentenced to death in Jordan for her role in the 2005 bomb attacks that killed 60 people in Amman.

The exchange did not happen, as Daesh failed to provide proof of life for the pilot.

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