Post link 04 February 2015, 13:53
07:36, 4 February 2015 By Ian Hughes

Jordan executes convicted jihadists in response to sickening ISIS video of pilot burned alive

Al-Qaeda operative Ziyad Karboli and failed female suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi - both Iraqi nationals - were hanged at dawn, according to officials

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Shock: IS released a video showing Lt Kasasbeh being burned alive in a cage


Jordan has executed two convicts, including a female jihadist, hours after Islamic State posted a video showing of its air force pilots burned alive.

Al-Qaeda operative Ziyad Karboli and failed female suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi - both Iraqi nationals - were hanged at dawn, according to officials.

Pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh was flying an anti-IS mission over Syria when his plane crashed and Jordan had attempted to make a prisoner swap involving al-Rishawi.

Yesterday, IS released a video showing Lt Kasasbeh being burned alive in a cage.

Jordan vowed to make a “strong, earth-shaking and decisive” response to the horrifying footage - reportedly shot up to a month ago.

It showed the militants setting the man alight before watching him burn, and followed a video of the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto .

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Sick: Islamic State gunmen with captured pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh


Sajida al-Rishawi had been on death row in the country for her role in attacks that killed 60 people in 2005.

Ziyad Karboli was convicted in 2008 of killing a Jordan national.

Both were executed at 4am local time (2am GMT).

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Beforehand, Army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al-Ameri added: “The revenge will be as big as the calamity that’s hit Jordan.”

Al-Ameri added on Tuesday that Lt Kasasbeh had "fallen as a martyr".

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Anwar Tarawneh the wife of Jordanian pilot Maaz Al Kassasbeh protests outside the royal court in Amman


"His blood will not be shed in vain. Our punishment and revenge will be as huge as the loss of the Jordanians."

The Jordanians have been under increasing pressure to make concessions with ISIS as public opinion turns against the country's alliance with the US and other western powers.

King Abdullah was quoted after Kenji Goto's murder as saying the "cowardly criminal act" had nothing to do with Islam.


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