Jordan's King Abdullah Meets With Lawmakers On Capitol Hill - DC

Jordan’s King Abdullah II (Courtesy of MCT Campus)

By:  Iness Rabah, staff writer

Jordan retaliated  for the execution of 26-year-old Jordanian pilot, Muath al- Kasaesbeh, who was burned alive by ISIS. Two members of Al Qaeda, Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziyad al-Karbouli, who were captured by Jordan, were hanged at dawn on, Feb.4, 2015. Within the next day, Jordan launched airstrikes that completely destroyed several different ISIS locations.

After his fighter jet crash landed in Syria in December, the pilot was captured by ISIS. The Jordanian government planned to do a hostage swap-Kasaesbeh for al-Rishawi, a failed suicide bomber. Jordan refused to go through with it until they received proof that their pilot was still alive. Instead, they received proof of his death. It turns out, he had been dead since January 3rd.

The gruesome video was posted on the internet, first showing Kasaesbeh locked in a cage, drenched in gasoline, and then being consumed by flames. Once the pilot’s identity was confirmed, Jordanian officials wasted no time and swiftly carried out their promise, which ISIS was aware of in advance, to execute the two hostages.

“It’s just one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of this organization,” President Barack Obama said in response to Kasaesbeh’s execution.

Shortly before the incident of Kasaesbeh’s death, ISIS posted another video online of the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and another Japanese hostage after Japan refused to pay $200 million for their release.

“The Jordanian response to the assassination of the hero pilot, Muath Kasaesbeh, will be strong, decisive and swift,” government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani stated before the hanging of the two suspected Al-Qaeda members . Jordanian  militants refer to the pilot as a martyr and King Abdullah II promised the pilot’s family that his death would not be in vain, and that they will keep fighting until they “run out of fuel and bullets”.

“This is just the beginning and you shall know who the Jordanians are,”a spokesperson for the Jordanian Armed Forces said to state TV. They are determined to do whatever it takes to destroy ISIS.