Jordan’s King Abdullah condems pilot’s murder

AMMAN, Feb 3 (KUNA) — Jordan’s King Abdullah said on Tuesday that he was sad and angry when he learned of Daesh’s murder of captured pilot, Moath Al-Kasasbah.

Addressing the nation after an official announcement that Kasasbah was killed by Daesh on January 3rd, King Abdullah said he received the news with “sorrow and anger.” In a statement carried by the Kuwaiti news agency, KUNA, he said this “cowardly” act was committed by a criminal group which has no relation whatsoever to Islam.

King Abdullah said Kasasbah, whose F-16 jet crashed in the Syrian city of Ar-Raqqah while on a mission over northern Syria some 40 days ago, was defending his country and the Arab nation.

Intelligence asserted that the pilot was killed a month ago and that Daesh demands to swap him for Sajida Al-Rishawi, an Iraqi female on death-row in Jordan, were simply “stalling.” The Jordanian government said last week it was ready to release Al-Rishawi but wanted guarantees that Kasasbah was alive.

Jordan is part of the US-led international coalition fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria.