ISIS images appear to show murder of Jordan pilot
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.
In January, video messages apparently from ISIS said that al-Kassasbeh would be killed if Jordan didn’t release Sajida al-Rishawi, a female jihadist imprisoned in Jordan for her role in a 2005 suicide bombing.
The messages said it would release another ISIS hostage, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, if Jordan released al-Rishawi, but it said nothing about whether it would free al-Kassasbeh.
Jordan in turn demanded al-Kassasbeh be freed as part of the exchange. On Saturday, a video distributed appeared to show Goto’s beheaded body.