Jordan vows 'revenge' for ISIS execution of pilot hostage

Jordan vows 'revenge' for ISIS execution of pilot hostage
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3 February 2015
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"The revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan," army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri said in a televised statement as cited by Reuters, after a video surface of the pilot being burned alive.

READ MORE: ISIS burns alive Jordanian pilot it kept hostage – reports

King Abdullah II has cut short his visit to the US, while the country has declared three days of mourning for the "martyr and hero" al-Kasasbeh, who was taken hostage after his plane came down during a bombing raid on IS positions on December 24.

Funeral prayers will be held in all mosques in the Middle Eastern state, and there have been reports of violent demonstrations in Karak, the hometown of the slain pilot.

Local media has reported that five jihadists, who are on death row, are being transferred to a prison south of the capital Amman, where executions take place. Earlier, Jordan threatened to execute Islamic State associates if al-Kasasbeh was not handed back alive.

Al-Rishawi, who is considered a martyr by ISIS, attempted to detonate herself during the al-Qaeda attacks on Jordan a decade ago, and has been awaiting her death sentence since the subsequent trial.

Despite protracted negotiations to release al-Kasasbeh, and two Japanese journalists – who have also been executed – Jordan now believes that the F-16 pilot was killed exactly one month ago, on January 3.

Ally United States says experts are now studying the professionally-produced video, to ascertain whether it is authentic, and if so, when it was recorded.

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama has condemned the Islamic State, saying that that the public execution was evidence of “barbarism and viciousness.”

"Whatever ideology they [IS] is operating off of, it's bankrupt," the US leader told the media, promising to dedicate “all resources” to locating remaining hostages, held by the radical Islamists, who control large swaths of Syria and Iraq.

The White House has requested $8.8 billion in next year’s budget to be allocated to combating the Islamic State, which appeared in the power vacuum after the US military left Iraq in 2011.

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