IS claims to have burned Jordanian pilot alive (LIVE BLOG)

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Activists carry posters Tuesday in Amman with a portrait of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who was captured by the Islamic State on Dec. 24 after his F-16 jet crashed while on a mission against the militants over northern Syria.
Khalil Mazraawi


UPDATE: 02/03/15 5:40 PM ET

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Here's how social media users around the world are remembering Muath al-Kasaesbeh, a pilot who was purportedly burned alive by IS militants.

UPDATE: 02/03/15 3:27 PM ET

Jordanian king says pilot's killing is act of 'cowardly terror'

Reuters — Jordan's King Abdullah said on Thursday the killing of pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh by Islamic State militants was an act of cowardly terror by a group that had nothing to do with Islam.

“This (is) cowardly terror by a criminal group that has no relation to Islam ... It's the duty of all citizens to stand together," he said in a short televised appearance.

The king cut short a visit to Washington after the news of the pilot's death.

UPDATE: 02/03/15 3:23 PM ET

Anti-IS coalition issues statement

UPDATE: 02/03/15 2:22 PM ET

Unconfirmed reports of Jordan's plans to execute suicide bomber

Citing anonymous officials, Agence France-Presse and Reuters, are reporting that Jordan plans to execute Sajida al-Rishawi, a failed suicide bomber who was involved in a hotel attack in Amman that claimed at least 55 lives.

Jordan would deliver a "strong, earth-shaking and decisive" response, Reuters quoted a government spokesman as saying in a statement.

This post on Buzzfeed has more details about al-Rishawi as well as the attack.

UPDATE: 02/03/15 1:35 PM ET

Reactions in Jordan

ABC News producer Nasser Atta reports from Jordan:

UPDATE: 02/03/15 1:27 PM ET

Jordan vows 'revenge'

Reuters — The Jordanian army said on Tuesday it would avenge the death of a Jordanian pilot killed by Islamic State militants. "The revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan," army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri said in a televised statement, confirming the death of Mouath al-Kasaesbeh, who was captured by the insurgents in December when his plane crashed over Syria.

UPDATE: 02/03/15 1:00 PM ET

White House says authenticating Jordanian hostage video

Reuters — The White House said on Tuesday the US intelligence community was working to authenticate a video purporting to show Islamic State burning a Jordanian pilot hostage alive, and it condemned the militant group.

"The United States strongly condemns ISIL’s actions and we call for the immediate release of all those held captive by ISIL," White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement, using another acronym for Islamic State.

"We stand in solidarity with the Government of Jordan and the Jordanian people," she said.

UPDATE: 02/03/15 12:45 PM ET

Video purports to show IS burning Jordanian pilot alive

News Desk and Agence France-Presse — The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing a Jordanian pilot it had captured in December being burned alive.

The video released online showed images of a man purported to be Maaz al-Kassasbeh engulfed in flames inside a metal cage.

Shortly after the video was released, Jordanian state television said the pilot had been killed a month ago.

The video shows the captured pilot discussing the mission that led to his capture. He is shown in the video wearing an orange jumpsuit and with a bruise under his eye.

Towards the end of the video, al-Kassasbeh is shown in a cage, surrounded by masked gunmen, with what appears to be petrol on his jumpsuit.

The video shows al-Kassasbeh being burned alive, before collapsing.

It is unclear when the killing took place, but one Twitter user apparently based in the IS stronghold of Raqqa reported the group's members discussing al-Kassasbeh killing as early as January 8.

The Raqqa resident, who uses the pseudonym Abu Ibrahim Al-Raqqawi, is an anti-IS activist and has been one of the few sources of information from the city.

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