Jordan Seeks Revenge After Jordanian Pilot Was Burned Alive by ISIS

The Jordanian army targets ISIS and seeks revenge after a local pilot was showed being burned alive in a video recorded and diffused by the Islamic State on Tuesday, February 3rd. Jordan´s Air Force has launched airstrikes in response.


“King Abdullah II vowed to wage a relentless war against Islamic State to avenge Jordanian pilot Moath al-Kasassbeh’s death.” (Bloomberg)

Jordan’s response to the murder of the 26-year-old Jordanian pilot, Muath Al-Kaseasbeh, was immediate – hours after the outrageous and controversial video was released by ISIS, two al-Qaida prisoners were executed by the Jordanian authorities. Due to thirst for vengeance, triggered by the law of retaliation (`Eye for eye, tooth for tooth´), the Jordanian Air Force launched 56 airstrikes (See video of the attacks here) aiming ISIS training camps and headquarters in Syria and Iraq. According to Air force chief Mansour al-Jabour, these attacks are “just the beginning”.

King Abdullah had to put off his trip to the United States to lead such mission himself. In a speech given by him, he quoted a character’s script from a film: ‘I’m not only going to kill him, I’m going to kill his wife and all his friends and burn his damn house down’, he also affirmed:` His only problem would be running out of fuel and bullets´.  Army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri said: “the revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan,

Jordan’s public opinion has showed its support towards the government´s actions and decisions from the start. King Abdullah was greeted by a large number of crowds at the airport in the capital, Amman. Influencial clerics have also organized and led many protest marchs in Amman and the city of Karak, homeland of  Kasaesbeh’s tribe.

Jordan’s King Abdullah, a trained pilot, leads revenge airstrikes on Islamic State himself. (Daily Mail)

This issue has brought up tense controversy at an international level. NGOs, such as Amnesty International, claim that “revenge executions” are not the answer to such issues and also believe that IS’s “gruesome tactics” should not be allowed to fuel a cycle of reprisal executions. According to Jordan Times, this is not revenge “but honour” and it should be considered their “tribute to Muath”.

Contrarily to what is thought and promoted by many NGOs, Jordan has received support from other states, such as the United Arab Emirates, which has contributed to intesify and increase the number of airstrikes.  Obama’s administration, on its part, moves to send arms to Jordan and a new $1 billion aid package in order to express their “deepest condolences” to Abdullah over the death of Kasaesbeh.


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