ISIS published several photos Tuesday allegedly showing Jordanian pilot Muadh al Kasabeh being burned alive. A trail of gasoline leading to Kasabeh’s cage is seen being ignited, then he is engulfed by flames.
ISIS militants seized al-Kassasbeh after his jet crashed in Syria in December. The terror group said it captured him after he ejected from his crashing F-16 during U.S.-led coalition airstrikes near ISIS’s de facto capital, Raqqa.
BREAKING NEWS: ISIS claims to have burned the Jordanian pilot alive. pic.twitter.com/adumq8Aix7
— Breaking News Feed (@PzFeed) February 3, 2015
ISIS said last month it would release Kasabeh (and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto) if Jordan freed Sajida al Rishawi, a failed suicide bomber in jail since the 2005 bombing of hotels in Amman. Jordan agreed to the prisoner exchange but wanted “proof of life” on al-Ksasbah first. When ISIS didn’t offer such proof—and it’s not immediately clear when this new execution was recorded—it executed Goto, who was forced to say al-Ksasbah would die next. Jordan promised to execute ISIS prisoners if Kasabeh was killed.