ISIL claims to have burned Jordanian pilot alive

ISIL claims to have burned Jordanian pilot alive

ISIL claims to have burned Jordanian pilot alive

A still image released by ISIL's branch in Raqqa on jihadist websites on December 24, 2014 purportedly shows the Jordanian pilot (C) captured by ISIL fighters after they shot down a warplane from the US-led coalition with an anti-aircraft missile near Raqqa city.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released a video on Feb. 3 purportedly showing the burning alive of a Jordanian pilot it had captured in December.

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

The head of the Jordanian armed forces told the family of the pilot that he had been killed, a member of the family told Reuters. 

Reuters could not immediately confirm the five images, which showed a burning man standing in a black cage. 

Lt. al-Kaseasbeh, 26, fell into the hands of the militants in December when his Jordanian F-16 crashed near Raqqa, Syria, the de facto capital of the group’s self-styled caliphate.

He was the first pilot from the U.S.-led coalition to be captured.

Following militant demands, Jordan’s government had said it was willing to trade Sajida al-Rishawi, an al Qaida prisoner, for the pilot. Al-Rishawi faces death in Jordan for her role in a 2005 hotel attack that killed 60 people.

The Jordanian government had appealed to Turkey’s Amman Embassy to save the pilot. The Turkish Foreign Ministry, National Intelligence Agency (MİT) and other related institutions had been reviewing the details of the incident, according to sources speaking to Hürriyet.

Some 49 Turkish Embassy staff in Mosul, who were taken hostage by ISIL for 101 days, were released on Sept. 20 as a result of intense efforts by Turkish government agencies.