Jordan has promised to execute six ISIS prisoners “within hours” after Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh was put into a cage and burnt alive by Islamic State fighters. Jordan has been warning ISIS for weeks that if their pilot was killed, they would respond by executing the prisoners. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a video entitled “Healing the Believers’ Chests” showed what appeared to be the Jordanian pilot being burnt alive inside a cage.
Moaz al-Kasasbeh was captured in December after his F-16 fighter jet went down in ISIS controlled territory. The video of the Jordanian pilot quickly and widely circulate on the internet has now been confirmed by the government as Jordan. The execution of failed female suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi will reportedly take place Wednesday morning.
ISIS had demanded the release Sajida al-Rishawi in exchange for the Jordan pilot. Just an hour after the 22-minute video of the pilot being burnt alive, Jordan moved the six ISIS linked prisoners to a jail located in the southern region of the country which is reportedly used routinely for executions.
Before Jordan government officials confirmed that the ISIS video showing Moaz al-Kasasbeh being burnt live in a cage was authentic, President Barack Obama said if the execution was real it would serve as more proof of the Islamic State’s “viciousness and barbarity.” Critics of President Obama’s handling of national security and terror threat by the group were quick to point out that not very long ago, Obama referred to ISIS as merely the “JV team.” The president also added that he would, “redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of our global coalition to make sure they are degraded and ultimately defeated. Whatever ideology they are operating out of is bankrupt.”
Most media outlets have opted not to show any clips from the gruesome video footage of the Jordanian pilot being placed inside a cage, helpless, and being burnt alive. The “Healing the Believers’ Chests” video reportedly appears to have been “professionally shot and edited” and was designed in the same style of the beheading videos featuring the ISIS executioner known as Jihadi John.
A speech by Jordanian King Abdullah II declaring his support for the anti-ISIS coalition is shown at the beginning of the “Healing the Believers’ Chests” execution video. The camera then focuses upon the Jordanian pilot sitting in a dark room in an orange jumpsuit – looking bruises and beaten. Moaz al-Kasasbeh gives an on-camera accounting of the airstrikes against ISIS he took part in before his F-16 fighter crashed in Islamic State territory. Footage of bodies of dead and dying children which were said to be the victims of the anti-ISIS coalition airstrikes then appears on the video.
Moaz al-Kasasbeh is then shown walking through rubble in a courtyard. There is no sound except the noise of crows cawing in the background as the Jordanian pilot walks toward the cage. An ISIS militant, identified as Emir Ahmed, lights the gas at the pilot’s feet using a long stick. The pilot attempts to battle the flames for about one minute before he falls to his knees and gives up his fight for life.
Do you think Jordan will begin executing the ISIS prisoners tomorrow in retaliation for burning Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh alive inside a cage?