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Jordan Warns ISIL If Pilot Is Killed There Will Be Mass Bloodshed

January 31, 2015 -  Jordan has warned that it would execute several jailed Islamist rebel group members of ISIL including Sajida al-Rishawi if the Jordanian F-16 pilot, Muath Kaseasbeh is killed by his captors. 

Back on December 24th, a Jordanian F-16 piloted by 26-year-old Muath Kaseasbeh was shot down by ISIS in Iraq. The pilot parachuted to the ground and was captured by ISIS militants. 

ISIS has been attempting to strike a hostage exchange with Jordan over its F-16 pilot and jailed suicide bomber, Sajida al-Rishawi. Back in 2005, al-Rishawi was a suicide bomber that was to participate in an Al-Qaida funded bombing of three Jordanian hotels that killed 60 people and injured 115. 

However, the bomb strapped to al-Rishawi failed to detonate, she was later captured and sentenced by the Jordanian's. It has been reported that al-Rishawi is the sister of a former aid to now deceased Al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. 

Jordan had agreed to release al-Rishawi to ISIS under the condition that their pilot be released. However, ISIS only agreed to not execute the 26-year-old pilot, there  was no agreement by ISIS to release him.  

In a audio recording, ISIS stated they would execute the Jordanian pilot if their demands were not met by 5:30 PM Saturday. The recoding stated the Jordanian pilot would be killed if al-Rishawi was not delivered to the Turkish border by sunset. A Jordan's government spokesman reported the prisoner and hostage swap had been placed on hold because they did not know if the pilot was still alive and if ISIS would release him.  

The threat by Jordanian's to kill ISIL militants comes after a failed prisoner swap deadline on Saturday, set by ISIL and the recent beheading of a Japanese hostage and the possible beheading of another Japanese journalist, Kenji Goto. Jordan warned ISIL that it would retaliate if the negotiations end in bloodshed of their pilot. (see Jordan Responds To Their Pilot Being Burned Alive By ISIS Militants)


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