ISIS Reportedly Burns Jordanian Pilot Alive
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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