ISIS, known for its videos of hostage decapitations, apparently decided to up the ante Tuesday, reportedly releasing photos appearing to show captured Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh being burned alive. The U.S. government has not verified the images yet.
al-Kasaesbeh was captured in late December after his plane went down in Syria; ISIS claimed to have shot the plane down, though intelligence sources disputed this.
ISIS has been bargaining with three different hostages to secure the release of Iraqi Sajida al-Rishawi, imprisoned by Jordan for a 2005 attack that killed 60 people. It had said it would spare al-Kasaesbeh if al-Rishawi were freed, but failed to provide Jordan with proof of life.
The Sunni militants executed two Japanese hostages after similar deadlines passed last week.
UPDATE: Jordanian state TV claimed Tuesday that al-Kasaesbeh was killed one month ago, hence why ISIS has been unable to provide proof of life.
Watch a CNN report on the story below:
[Image via Al Jazeera]
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