Swift Justice: Jihadis Executed after Pilot's Death
The Jordanian government made good on its pledge to kill two terrorist captives if the Islamic State harmed Air Force pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh.
An ambulance was seen early Wednesday transporting the bodies of two al Qaeda terrorists executed at a Jordanian prison.
The move comes after a gruesome video appeared on the Internet this week showing the caged Jordanian pilot being burned to death by ISIS jihadists.
The graphic video sparked outrage and protests throughout the Jordanian kingdom -- and a stern response from President Barack Obama as he met with Jordanian King Abduallah at the White House Tuesday.
"It's just one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of this organization," the president said.
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ISIS terrorists captured al-Kaseasbeh after his plane went down during an airstrike in Syria last December.
The Jordanians had hoped to exchange the pilot in a swap offered by ISIS.
The Islamic State wanted to win the release of a female terrorist. But before the exchange could be arranged, the Jordanians demanded one major condition: Jordanian Information Ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said his government wanted "to see proof of life."
But when that gruesome video of the pilot's death by incineration appeared on the Internet, the Jordanians knew it was too late for a hostage swap. In fact, his murder may have actually occurred a month ago, long before talks of an exchange started.
The Jordanian pilot execution video came just days after ISIS released a video showing the beheading of Japanese Christian journalist Kenji Goto.
"At some point this kind of act backfires on a group like ISIS," explained Matt Olsen, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
The Jordanian government had promised to retaliate by delivering a "strong, earth-shaking and decisive response" to their pilot's murder. What isn't known at this time is if the execution of the two al Qaeda terrorists is it or a much greater response is yet to come.