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IS burns Jordan pilot alive, Jordan executes two prisoners

BEIRUT |, with agencies - February 04, 2015, 12h32
Photos released by CNN.
Jordan executed two prisoners in response to the brutal killing of its pilot by IS fighters yesterday.
While quoting Reuters agency, NNA stated that Jordan has executed by hanging a jailed Iraqi woman militant whose release had been demanded by the Islamic State group that burnt a captured Jordanian pilot to death. The information was released on wednesday early morning by a security source.

Responding to the killing of the pilot, whose death was announced on Tuesday, the Jordanian authorities also executed another senior al Qaeda prisoner sentenced to death for plots to wage attacks against the pro-Western kingdom in the last decade.

Sajida al-Rishawi, the Iraqi woman militant, was sentenced to death for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack that killed 60 people. Ziyad Karboli, an Iraqi al Qaeda operative, who was convicted in 2008 for killing a Jordanian, was also executed at dawn, the source said.

Yesterday, Jordan's state-run TV channel announced that the Jordanian Pilot, Maaz al-Kassasbeh, detained by the Islamic State Organization since December 24, was burnt alive on January 3, 2015.

The Jordanian army immediately said it would avenge the death of the pilot.

"The revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan," army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri said in a televised statement.

The news of al Kassasbeh's killing triggered international outrage.

U.S. President Barack Obama said the video that shows captive Jordanian pilot burnt alive, if real, would redouble the determination of a U.S.-led alliance to degrade and destroy Islamic State.

He said it would be another sign of the "viciousness and barbarity" of the militants.

"Whatever ideology they're operating off of, it's bankrupt," Obama told reporters, according to Reuters agency.

Former Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, said that "this criminal act, which is worthy of the eras of ignorance and obscurantism, goes against all religious, ethical and human values."

“Denunciation and condemnation are no longer enough to respond to the terrible terrorist crimes that continuously mark the actions of these terrorist extremist organizations," former Premier said.

"Concerted efforts are required on all local, Arab and international levels, as well as new plans and mechanisms to put an end to these acts and eliminate all those who support them.”
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