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Jordan executes 2 terrorists after ISIL kills pilot

Lt. Mu’aadh Al-Kasaasiba hailed from a large Jordanian tribe originating in the area of Al-Karak.  The tribe is known for its allegiance to the non-indigenous Hashemites one of whose members is the reigning Zionist Rat king, ‘Abdullah II. 

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The Kasaasiba, as best as I can figure, are a branch of the much larger Huwaytaat Tribe whose fame was insured in the movie Zionist Lawrence of Arabia which starred everybody’s favorite third-worlder, Anthony Quinn, who played the role of ‘Awda Abu Taayih, the leader of the Huwaytaat recruited by Zionist Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) to help the Brits in their war against the Ottoman Turks.

I am extremely wary of videos coming out of the conflict in Syria.  I became aware of the fraudulent character of most of these propaganda images after the scandal concerning Zionist Rat Danny ‘Abdul-Daayim who was caught staging scenes of horror in a make-believe city of Homs, Syria.  His motivation was to compel Western audiences to demand greater involvement in ousting the president of Syria, Dr. Bashar Al-Assad.  When a tape was produced showing him giving instructions to his crew about sound effects, and after the tape fell into the hands of the Syrian security services which immediately turned it viral, the veil was lifted. Zionist Rat ‘Abdul-Daayim’s principal sponsor was the very embarrassed Anderson Cooper of CNN who asked Zionist Rat Danny how the Syrian agents got a hold of that damning tape.  His answer was: “I just don’t know, Anderson”.


“The Voice of Homs”, the stagnant wretch and rat liar, Zionist Rat Danny ‘Abdul-Daayim, cashes in on the lies he perpetrated at the expense of the Syrian people.  I have heard that all his films were made in a studio outside London. 

We’ve all been through the farcical efforts of the exiled opposition to create a mood of hysteria in the Western Press in order to engage NATO in a direct strike on the Syrian Army.  Some of the efforts were so fraudulent in nature, they would constitute legitimate comedy.  One such effort involved a teen age girl named Zaynab Al-Hussni whose welfare attracted the attention of such bogus humanitarian organizations like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.  Oh, they made a big stink about what they heard from their “reliable” sources in the exile opposition.  You see, folks, she was tortured, raped and then killed by the “shabbeeha” of the Assad Police State.  That was the narrative the liars in HRW and AI wanted you to hear.

Well, she, that’s Zaynab mind you, appeared on television in Syria protesting the lies about her.  She humiliated both HRW and AI when she said the only reason she left her home was because her brothers were planning to beat her up for some transgression.  End of story.  More farce and egg on people’s faces.  And the fiction started to pile up until nobody cared anymore.

Nobody cared until ISIS came along to knock Alqaeda (Jabhat Al-Nusra) out of the Olympic Atrocity competition.  There were beheadings of priests and Muslim clerics who didn’t believe in the peculiar brand of nihilism marketed by the Saudi-Turk-supported savages.  There were forced marriages and Sex Jihad.  Homosexuals were hurled from buildings to their death.  And if they were found to have survived the fall, they were killed by lethal blows to the head.  All these atrocities, including destruction of churches and historically important sites made Nusra’s decapitation of the bust of Abu-Al-‘Alaa` Al-Ma’arri seem like a Dr. Seuss story in comparison.


Despite constant reportage about the beheadings in Iraq with some gruesome tapes released most professionally by the ISIS propaganda network,  Westerners were still heard to advise caution in dealing with the threat presented by the Wahhabist/Takfiri group.  It must have been frustrating for the neo-Con terrorist-supporters and traitors in D.C. and their sponsors like John “Alzheimer” McCain and Lindsay Graham to come up against a formidable wall whenever they discussed military intervention.  To keep the vultures at bay, Obama even started a training program for terrorists in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in an effort to assuage their hurt feelings with the proviso that these terrorists would be “moderate” and “vetted”.  According to the script, the new terrorists would be directed to fight against ISIS – not the Syrian government.  The laughter was inevitable.On December 24, 2015, an F-16 pilot of the Jordanian Royal Air Force was shot down over Al-Raqqa by terrorists in ISIS.  It is certain that he was shot down by American-supplied MANPADs.  The U.S. is on record as having provided MANPADS to Harakat Hazm a group touted by Foggy Bottom as being “moderate” and “vetted”.  But that group sold the MANPADS to ISIS which is why the U.S. and Hazm are no longer on speaking terms.  In fact, Hazm is about to be exterminated, not by the Syrian Army, but, by Alqaeda.  I do not believe the jet was shot down by a Russian-made Strela or any of the shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles which were putatively available to the Iraqi Army.  The F-16 had built-in jamming devices and heat balloons to tip the Russian-made missiles away.     Either I’m correct in my assessment that the U.S. and the Zionist Abomination created ISIS but lost control of it – or – and it’s a big “or” – ISIS was created by Turkey, given refuge and training on Turk soil,  in order to appease the Saudi vermin who could not abide the presence of the independent, secular and nationalistic Dr. Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus.  Erdoghan could expect to score big financially for his cooperation.  The first option is the best when linked to Erdoghan’s role in the second.  All evidence points to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdaadi as having been released by the Americans while they were in Iraq and his being transferred to a Mossad psyops warfare clinic outside Tel Aviv.

The gist of all this, if you’ve read my study on the origins of ISIS, is that the Jordanian was burned on order of the Turk handlers who were at the service of the Saudi degenerates who still insist on a NATO strike against the secular government of Syria.  The failure to garner support for a military intervention through the purposefully staged mock beheadings (Johnny Jihad nonsense) and outlandish scenes of tossing homosexuals off buildings – or the mockery of Sex Jihad – convinced the Saudis that the pilot had to be burned in a scene so horrifying even hardened blokes, like your editor, would barely be able to look without wincing.

But, I looked.  I looked carefully at the tape.  I am no expert on pyrotechnics or arson, or any of the black arts connected to the phenomenon of fire.  I just have common sense, that’s all.  I do not believe the pilot was burned to death.  If I’m wrong, and he was, I still insist it was on the order of the Saudi Arabian roaches communicated to Erdoghan’s thugs.

Look at the ground upon which Lt. Al-Kasaasiba is standing.  The soil surrounding the cage is indistinguishable from the soil inside the cage.  Yet, the fire does not spread.  It is possible, of course, that an accelerant was used only inside the cage, but, that begs the question: how do you get dirt to light up enough to burn someone to death?  It seems like a Hollywoodish scene – dreamt up by some failed special effects aficionado.

Here’s what I know: the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate informed the Jordanian Intelligence supremo, Gen. Faysal Al-Shawbaki, that based on Intel inside Al-Raqqa, Lt. Al-Kasaasiba was executed on January 3, 2015.  If he was burned to death, really, that was the date ISIS committed the horrific act.  When ISIS wanted to exchange the pilot for Sajeeda Al-Rishaawi, who was under a death sentence in Jordan for terrorism,  the Jordanians understandably demanded to see evidence that the pilot was still alive.  ISIS insisted that Al-Rishaawi be exchanged for the pilot in – guess what? – Turkey! Why Turkey?  ISIS knew it could not prove that Al-Kasaasiba was alive, announced the passing of deadlines,  and chose instead to publish the tape in a manner calculated to stir anger all over the world.  The choreography was flawless – as though produced and directed by Ridley Scott. (Readers’ Note: A Syrian agent was beheaded in Al-Raqqa by ISIS just before the tape was released. SyrPer believes he was the source of the information about January 3, 2015. He was not a Jordanian agent as the Western lying press reported.)

The editing of the execution was characterized by several shots indicating a certain sophistication in filming.  After all, ISIS has mastered the techniques of multiplying its capabilities through the visual arts.  But, if ISIS knew they had no pilot to turn over in exchange for Al-Rishaawi, why did they wait so long?  It’s because the whole affair was staged to build up tension, just like a movie.  That’s why.


ISIS Barbarically Burns Jordanian Pilot to Death in a Cage


ISIS Barbarically Burns Jordanian Pilot to Death in a Cage

ISIS Barbarically Burns Jordanian Pilot to Death in a Cage
ISIS has released a video purporting the death of al-Kasasbeh, in which he can be seen being burned alive inside a metal cage, Al Bawaba reported.

Jordan has confirmed pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who was captured by the ISIS extremist group in December, was burned to death, The Associated Press reports.

Jordanian state television confirmed Jordanian pilot Mu’ath al-Kasasbeh has been burned to death by ISIS.

This barbaric execution of al-Kasasbeh follows the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto last Saturday. Both men were being held hostage by Daesh.

The spokesman for the Jordanian armed forces confirmed the death of the “hero pilot” Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh and vowed revenge.

“While the military forces mourn the martyr, they emphasize his blood will not be shed in vain. Our punishment and revenge will be as huge as the loss of the Jordanians,” Mamdouh al-Ameri said in a statement read on Jordanian TV.

Mu’ath al-Kasasbeh was captured by Daesh after his plane crashed over the terrorist’s stronghold of Raqqa in Syria. He was on a mission with the US-led coalition against Daesh.

The video released on Tuesday said that the killing of Kassasbeh was in response to Jordan’s role in the US-led coalition against ISIL.

ISIS demanded a prisoner exchange in which Iraqi prisoner and convicted to execution terrorist Sajida al-Rashawi would be brought to the Turkish border, Japanese hostage Kenji Goto would be released, and al-Kasasbeh’s life would be safeguarded for the time being.

Negotiations to free and exchange of al-Kasasbeh in a prisoner swap were collapsed a few days ago and did not happen, as Daesh failed to provide proof of life for the pilot. The Jordanian government has threatened to execute Daesh prisoners in its custody if Kasasbeh was harmed.

The latest video emerged three days after Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was purportedly beheaded by the militants. The fate of the two captives had been linked but a video of Goto’s purported slaying released Saturday made no mention of the pilot.

In the hometown of al-Kassasbeh, al-Karak, friends, family and supporters gathered to show their support and express anger at the the news of his death.

At a tribal meeting place where the pilot’s relatives have waited for weeks for word on his fate, chants against Jordan’s King Abdullah II erupted and some family members wept. An uncle shouted in Arabic: “I received a phone call from the chief of staff saying God bless his soul.”

The pilot’s father, Safi, was surrounded by family members.

Jordan vows “earth-shaking” response to pilot’s killing

Jordanian King Abdullah cut short a visit to the United States on Tuesday after Islamic State militants released a video purporting to show a captive Jordanian pilot being burnt alive.

A Jordanian army spokesperson vowed to avenge Kassasbeh’s death, saying the response “will be proportional to this catastrophe that has struck all Jordanians.”

“His blood will not be shed in vain.”

President Obama condemns purported burning of Jordan pilot by ISIL

Barack Obama says video purportedly showing a Jordanian pilot being burnt alive by the ISIS is further proof of the group’s “viciousness and barbarity”, Guardian reported.

Obama said the action will “redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of our global coalition to make sure they are degraded and ultimately defeated.”

Reports: Jordan will execute imprisoned terrorists

Jordan is responding swiftly to ISIS’s claim that it has killed Moaz al-Kasasbe, a Jordanian pilot the group had been holding hostage.

Sky News Arabia and AFP are reporting that the kingdom plans to execute prisoners including Sajida Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber arrested in 2005 in connection with Al Qaeda in Iraq’s attack on hotels in Amman that year which killed 60 people.

While the news has not been confirmed, Randa Habib, a former Amman-based AFP journalist deeply sourced inside the Jordanian government, tweeted that Rishawi and Ziad Karbouli, a former top aide to Jordanian-born Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, “may be executed today.” Habib added that her sources indicated that a number of terrorist’s suspects had been transferred between prisons, possibly in preparation for their execution.

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ISIS Beheads Iraqi Priest in Mosul

Father Noel Gorgis of El Cajon. Photo courtesy of the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle
According to locals and eye witnesses, Zio-Wahhabi ISIS beheads an Iraqi priest who captured him 7 month ago.

Local says ISIS militants announced beheading of priest Polous Yacoub is done by group sharia court’s order, al-Sumaria news reports. Beheading is done in one of eastern neighborhood of Mosul.

According to Wall Street Journal, after many ISIS violence against Christians, hundreds of Christian men are picking up rifles for the first time at a Manila Training Center- former U.S. military facility in the hills of northeast Iraq – and training to reclaim their towns from ISIS militants who stormed the country last year.


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Who Would be Next ISIS Victim’s ?


How Obama Save her Life


An 26-year-old female American aid worker who the U.S. government believes was alive as recently as two weeks ago, would be next ISIS victims.

“Some Facts About American ISIS’s Hostage *** Female aid worker, 26, has been held by militants since August 2013 ***ISIS has demanded a $6million ransom and release of prisoners ***US female hostage’s name is being kept secret for security reasons unless White House chief of staff Denis McDonough revealed the first name of a 26-year-old American woman kidnapped by ISIS in August 2013, whose identity has been kept secret for safety reasons”

The brutal killing of a Jordanian pilot means that military force may be the only way of freeing captives in Syria — including a 26-year-old American aid worker, Foreign Policy reports.

Barack Obama’s administration has been bitterly divided for months about if, or how, to negotiate with the ISIS who has held hostages from the United States, Britain, Japan, and an array of other countries. European countries like France and Germany were able to effectively buy the lives of their captives by allegedly paying the group multimillion-dollar ransoms.

The Jordanian government, meanwhile, set a new precedent this week by publicly agreeing to the ISIS’s demands that it release a female terrorist from the country’s death row as part of a hostage trade.

The bloody failure of Amman’s attempts to bargain with the ISIS means that the United States may have no real options, short of military force, for winning the release of the aid worker, whom Foreign Policy has refused to identify at the request of her family.

A picture taken on November 5, 2012 in Aleppo shows US freelance reporter James Foley, who was kidnapped in war-torn Syria six weeks ago and has been missing since, his family revealed on January 2, 2013. Foley, 39, an experienced war reporter who has covered other conflicts, was seized by armed men in the town of Taftanaz in the northern province of Idlib on November 22, according to witnesses. The reporter contributed videos to Agence France-Presse (AFP) in recent months. AFP PHOTO

The militants haven’t shown any willingness to seriously negotiate ransom terms for American hostages — its initial demand for American journalist James Foley was a sky-high $132.5 million — and they have also now rebuffed the one government willing to openly bargain with the group.

The ISIS could choose to release her as an act of mercy, in part to deflect the widespread outrage sparked by the pilot’s murder, and it’s possible that an intermediary like Qatar could help broker an agreement with the group.

Neither seems particularly likely, however, and no talks are known to be taking place.

That effectively leaves the woman’s fate in the hands of the U.S. military’s most elite special operations forces, which would be charged with finding her and then mounting a high-risk mission to bring her back.

A former officer with the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) said that, even with fully accurate intelligence on the woman’s location, a rescue mission’s chance of success would be “less than 50 percent.”

“It’s possible that an intermediary like Qatar could help broker an agreement with the group to free American hostage.”

Pulling off a rescue mission would be fiendishly difficult. A JSOC task force spearheaded by dozens of Delta Force operators mounted a risky operation near Raqqa, Syria, in the early hours of July 3, 2014, to try to rescue American hostages Foley and Steven Sotloff. The team had trained for weeks, and the raid went off without a hitch. By the time the operators reached the target, however, the hostages were gone. Some U.S. officials believe the men may have been moved less than 72 hours before the failed raid. Both Foley and Sotloff were later beheaded.

As that failure indicates, the success of any rescue mission requires exquisitely accurate intelligence on the hostage’s location, which the United States does not appear to have in the case of the ISIS’s hostages.

After the release of the video that showed the terrorist group killing Kasasbeh by burning him alive, the Defense Department’s press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, told reporters on Feb. 3 that the United States had worked with Jordan to locate Kasasbeh, without success.

However, the United States has apparently received some recent information about the American woman still being held hostage.

“The intelligence official said it’s believed that the ISIS now holds fewer than 20 hostages from around the world.”

senior U.S. intelligence official said there was a specific reason as recently as two weeks ago to believe that she was still alive.

The official refused to say the reason, but said the issue of how to secure her release has been the topic of intense discussions within the Obama administration in recent days.

Among the options, the intelligence official said, is a military raid similar to the one last July that was too late to rescue the two hostages, who had been moved by the time the helicopters bearing Delta operators arrived.

“The intelligence official said it’s believed that the ISIS now holds fewer than 20 hostages from around the world”

But the administration is divided on whether the families of hostages should have a say beforehand about, or even the ability to veto, a military rescue mission. Chastened by another failed JSOC rescue attempt — a December mission in Yemen, during which al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula killed American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie as JSOC operators closed in — U.S. officials have been hesitant to try again in Syria, where the American woman is believed to be held, the official said.

The intelligence official said it’s believed that the ISIS now holds fewer than 20 hostages from around the world. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the internal discussions.

In the Iraq War, if JSOC received intelligence on a target, “we probably had been there, we knew all about it, we had people in there, we had foundational logic … and could launch these things at a moment’s notice,” the former JSOC officer said. “It was a battle drill.”

Syria, he said, is a different situation entirely. “If you go into Syria, one, you’ve got to worry about the Syrians,” he said. “Then you’ve got to worry about ISIS and deal with them. And we don’t have anybody on the ground, so everything’s got to be from the air.”

The former JSOC officer suggested that the best hope for success in such a mission might be to have operators conduct a night free-fall parachute jump into a drop zone that was offset from the target building and have them move stealthily to the assault while holding the helicopters that would be used to fly the force back out of Syria as far from the target as possible until the last possible moment. “As soon as the aircraft cross the border, everyone’s tweeting, ‘Here they come,’” he said. “So the information age has killed cross-border helo ops,” he said.

pictures of the stealthy helicopter used in the raid to take out Osama bin Laden

Even stealthy helicopters such as those that conducted the raid into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden are no guarantee against this 21st-century dynamic, he said. “The stealth is for the radar,” he said. “You can still hear the helicopters.”

The Jordanian pilot’s fate thus portends an ill future for the remaining American hostage, the former officer said. “It’s bad news for her,” he said. “It’s not if, it’s when.”


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Zio-Hashmite Vows ‘Earth-Shaking’ Response to ISIS

Jordan Vows ‘Earth-Shaking’ Response to ISIS
Zio-Hashamet King threatened an “earth-shaking response” for the burning alive of Jordanian pilot Muath Kasasbeh by the so-called Islamic State terrorist group, while His ‘King’ Abdullah urged Jordanians to stand united at these crucial times.

‘King’ Abdullah said that the killing of pilot Muath Kasasbeh at the hands of ISIS will only strengthen Jordanians as they deal with the tragedy, Jordan times reports.

In a statement aired on Jordan TV Tuesday, ‘King’ said: Daesh … has nothing to do with our true religion. The brave pilot Muath died in defence of his faith, homeland and nation…. Today we stand with the family of the brave Muath and with our people and our armed forces as we deal with this tragedy, which is a tragedy for all Jordanian men and women.

At this difficult time, it is the duty of all citizens to unify their ranks and show the true character of the Jordanian people when they face hardships and plights, which will only strengthen us and reinforce our unity”, he added. It will only strengthen us: ‘King’ Abdullah.

Meanwhile the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF ) In its statement, vowed a response that is “proportionate to the magnitude of the tragedy of all Jordanians”, according to the statement read on Jordan TV by JAF Spokesperson Colonel Mamdouh Ameri.

A similar reaction was echoed by Zio-Hashemite Spokesperson Mohammad Momani, who said several measures will be taken by the Kingdom to respond to this brutal group ??

In a statement aired by Jordan TV, Momani said that Jordan’s response to the assassination “will be swift. Jordanians’ wrath will devastate Daesh’s ranks”.

Addressing those who had doubt about the brutality of IS, the minister said what the group did is proof of such brutality.

“For those who used to believe that this group represents Islam, this is the proof, and for those who had doubts about the unity of Jordanians against this evil, we will show them what unity we have.”

He added that Kasasbeh does not belong to one tribe or one governorate, but to all the Jordanian people.


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Zionist Puppet Executes Sajida al-Rishawi

Sajida al-Rishawi
Sajida al-Rishawi
Zionist puppet regime of Jordanian has executed two prisoners, including a would-be female suicide bomber from al-Qaida.

The executions at dawn Wednesday came just hours after Zio-Wahhabi ISIS rat released a video that purportedly showed a captured Jordanian fighter pilot being burned alive in a cage.

Regime spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said that two prisoners, Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli, were executed early Wednesday.

Al-Rishawi has been on death row for her role in a triple hotel bombing in the Jordanian capital Amman in 2005 that killed dozens.


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Captured pilot serious challenge for Jordan’s king

By: Osama Al Sharif

Muath al-Kasasbeh Jordanian Pilot 

Jordanians are fearing the worst following the brutal murder of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, whose killing by the Islamic State (IS) was aired in an online video late Jan. 31, two days after the deadline for a swap deal for his release. The fate of Goto was linked to Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kasasbeh, 26, held by IS since his F-16 crashed in Syria on Dec. 24. Hopes of recovering him alive in return for the release of convicted Iraqi terrorist Sajida al-Rishawi were dashed when the second deadline set by IS expired without a deal. Jordan had said it would exchange Rishawi, a failed suicide bomber involved in the November 2005 Amman hotel bombings, for Kasasbeh. IS had insisted that it will trade Goto for Rishawi, but that it would kill both hostages if the deal didn’t go through.

Despite Goto’s murder, Jordan’s armed forces insist they are still working on the release of Kasasbeh, although no details of the ongoing negotiations have been made public. On Jan. 28, before the first deadline, Jordan revealed that it would only release the Iraqi woman, who is on death row, in return for the Jordanian pilot, who was carrying out a mission on behalf of the US-led coalition against IS. Later that day, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Joudeh tweeted that Jordan was waiting for proof that Kasasbeh was alive. The Jordanian pilot has not appeared in any IS video since his capture, raising fears about his well-being.

When news of Kasasbeh’s capture became public, the Islamist opposition and a number of deputies reiterated their objection to Jordan’s decision to join the anti-IS coalition. King Abdullah defended his position and insisted on a number of occasions that this was “our war” and that Jordan had to be in the forefront in the fight against extremism.

Since Kasasbeh was taken hostage, Jordanians have united in backing efforts to set him free. The government never confirmed the rumors, but it is believed that back-channel negotiations for Kasasbeh’s release were conducted through intermediaries.

The fate of Kasasbeh will have a direct effect on public opinion regarding Jordan’s participation in the international coalition. If Kasasbeh is killed, his death will trigger a wave of anger and frustration and may spark a political crisis. It will strengthen the position of those who believe Jordan should withdraw from the fight against IS. On Jan. 28, relatives and supporters of Kasasbeh held a protest in Amman and a few shouted anti-government and anti-regime slogans in a sign of how divisive this issue had become, especially for the pilot’s large tribe in southern Jordan.

Kasasbeh’s father was quoted by CNN Arabic as saying, “He had no business with the coalition, and those who had sent my son to fight beyond Jordan’s border must now bring him back.” The incident prompted the king to meet with Kasasbeh’s parents and to assure them that everything possible was being done for his safe return.

Interestingly, public opinion has been in favor of securing an exchange deal with IS. When Jordan’s ambassador in Libya, Fawaz al-Ittan, was kidnapped by an extremist group last April, Jordanians applauded his eventual release in a swap that freed a convicted Libyan terrorist serving a life sentence in Jordan.

The latest crisis has tested Jordan’s relations with Japan — a major donor for the kingdom — whose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had asked the Amman government to cooperate in the release of the Japanese hostage. Jordan’s offer to exchange Kasasbeh for Rishawi made no mention of Goto.

The proposed swap may also strain relations between Amman and Washington after a Pentagon official refused to consider Kasasbeh a prisoner of war. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Jan. 28 that the US swap of five senior Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo Bay for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was different from the “hostage situation” involving the Jordanian pilot. A growing number of Jordanians believe that the United States has done little to support Jordan through this latest crisis.

Newspaper columnists have lauded the government’s position and called on Jordanians to rally behind their leadership and armed forces. But a former minister who asked not to be named told Al-Monitor that the Kasasbeh affair has become the most serious challenge to the regime in more than a decade, saying, “It will test public opinion and give credence to those arguing against Jordan’s involvement in the international coalition.”

Jordanian researcher on Islamist movements Hassan Abu Hanyieh told Al-Monitor that IS was trying to polarize Jordanian society, especially the tribes, often considered the backbone of the regime. He said, “They wanted to create controversy, and they succeeded.”

So far, Jordanians are united in their support for the release of Kasasbeh. But IS’ failure to prove that the pilot is alive has dampened hopes for his safe return, prompting some to call over social media for the execution of all IS prisoners in Jordan, starting with Rishawi. Others, including Abu Hanyieh, have argued that IS is waging a psychological war against Jordan and that its reluctance to provide proof of life is intended to fracture national unity and weaken the nation’s resolve. One thing is clear: The emotional strain of the past few days has tested both groups.


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