February 4, 2015   |   Sydney Barakat
February 4, 2015
(ANTIMEDIA) Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh was captured by ISIS in December when his plane crashed during a mission in Syria. Although the news of al Kasasbeh’s death has just broke in the US, (video has just been released of al-Kasasbeh being burned alive) Jordanian State TV has suggested that he was killed about a month ago on January 3rd. He was only 26 years old.
The actions of ISIS, or ISIL since the capture of al-Kasasbeh, are put in chronological order as displayed in the timeline below.
24 December 2014: Jordanian Lt Moaz Youssef al-Kasasbeh captured by IS after his plane crashes
25 December 2014: Pilot’s father urges IS to show mercy
20 January 2015: IS threatens to kill two Japanese hostages unless Japan pays $200m ransom within 72 hours
24 January: IS releases video of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding a picture apparently showing Haruna Yukawa’s decapitated body
24 January: IS calls for release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi militant sentenced to death in Jordan
28 January: Jordan offers to release Rishawi in exchange for Lt Kasasbeh
29 January: Deadline to kill Lt Kasasbeh and Mr Goto expires
31 January: Video released appearing to show Kenji Goto’s body
3 February: Video released appearing to show Lt Kasasbeh burnt alive, with Jordanian media suggesting he was killed weeks earlier
If it proves true that the pilot was killed weeks before the video’s release, it will certainly go to show that ISIS had absolutely no intention of releasing the pilot alive. It appears as though all who are captured by the militant group will inevitably meet a grim fate at the hands of these cruel and savage barbarians.
Jordan’s King Abdullah vows to take swift action to avenge al-Kasasbeh’s death, including the immediate execution of an imprisoned militant suicide bomber.
But let’s touch on something else of great importance while we’re at it: ISIS is not Muslim. ISIS does not represent Islam. ISIS is without a religion. Their only religion is that of extremism and barbarianism. They are without peace in their souls, as has been affirmed in their actions. They shall not be mistaken for true Muslims.
In high contrast to the militant group that took his life in such a disgusting and merciless way, Moaz al-Kasasbeh was a Muslim. A bright and ambitious young man with a humble demeanor who meant no harm. So let us remember the young pilot for who he was, celebrate his life and lend support to the country of Jordan, while awaiting the end to this group that so falsely and dishonorably refers to themselves as the ‘Islamic state’.
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