WARNING: Disturbing, horrific images of Jordan’s pilot purportedly burning to death in cage
The Islamic State has released a video which purportedly shows the captured Jordanian pilot being burnt alive in a cage. The latest video which has been released by the Islamic State’s media arm, according to the IntelCenter, which monitors extremist websites, has not been independently verified though it has been shown by major news channels like CNN.
The tape which was produced by al-Furqan Media Foundation shows the first time a high profile hostage being killed by fire. In the past the hostages were either beheaded or shot.
The IntelCenter in a statement said, “It shows how the group is continually evolving its methods to gain the maximum exposure for its actions,”
Meanwhile in a sytatement, the White House has asked the Islamic State to release all captives being held by the militants. It added that it is checking the authenticity of the video.
Al-Kaseasbeh was on a bombing mission last year under a US led coalition airstrikes on the militants, when his plane was hit and he ejected into enemy territory and was subsequently captured.
The video itself is 22 minutes long and bears the title ‘Healing of the Believers’ Chests’ and shows the captured pilot, bearing a black eye talking about Jordan’s involvement in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State. The end of the video shows, al-Kaseasbeh standing inside a cage and is burned alive by the militants.
The Jordanian government had agreed to release an al-Qaeda prisoner in exchange for the pilot’s safe return but the deal fell through after the Jordanian government demanded proof that al-Kaseasbeh was alive. The Islamic state which controls vast swathes of land in Iraq and Syria had sought the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman facing execution for her role in triple hotel bombings in Jordan in 2005. ISIS had threatened to kill al-Kaseasbeh if Sajida was not released by sunset Thursday.