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Jordan: Mass prayers in Amman dedicated to slain Jordanian pilot00:56

Jordan: Mass prayers in Amman dedicated to slain Jordanian pilot

Jordan, Amman
February 4, 2015 at 15:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds attended a public prayer held in Amman Wednesday, dedicated to the Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbe, who is believed to have been executed by Islamic State (IS) militants.

King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived to Amman on early Wednesday to manage the crisis, after he cut short his visit to Washington, D.C.

A video emerged online Tuesday purportedly showing al-Kaseasbe being burnt alive by IS adheres while he was locked in a cage. The Jordanian government was allegedly negotiating the pilot's liberation with the extremist group, which in turn demanded the liberation of one of its members - Sajida al-Rishawi, who was part of a suicide bombing in Amman in 2005. The negotiations were suspended after the video of the execution emerged. In response, the Jordanian government hanged al-Rishawi along with an alleged Al-Qaeda operative in Amman on early Wednesday.

In December 2014, Muath al-Kaseasbe was captured by IS fighters after his plane went down during an airstrike mission against IS positions in Syria. He is believed to have been killed on January 3.

Jordan: Mass prayers in Amman dedicated to slain Jordanian pilot00:56
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Hundreds attended a public prayer held in Amman Wednesday, dedicated to the Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbe, who is believed to have been executed by Islamic State (IS) militants.

King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived to Amman on early Wednesday to manage the crisis, after he cut short his visit to Washington, D.C.

A video emerged online Tuesday purportedly showing al-Kaseasbe being burnt alive by IS adheres while he was locked in a cage. The Jordanian government was allegedly negotiating the pilot's liberation with the extremist group, which in turn demanded the liberation of one of its members - Sajida al-Rishawi, who was part of a suicide bombing in Amman in 2005. The negotiations were suspended after the video of the execution emerged. In response, the Jordanian government hanged al-Rishawi along with an alleged Al-Qaeda operative in Amman on early Wednesday.

In December 2014, Muath al-Kaseasbe was captured by IS fighters after his plane went down during an airstrike mission against IS positions in Syria. He is believed to have been killed on January 3.

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