After a video surfaced on the Internet showing ISIS terrorists burning alive a captured Jordanian pilot, Jordan’s King Abdullah vowed revenge. The king, who previously commanded the nation’s special forces, was in the United States on a diplomatic mission. Before cutting short his trip to return to Jordan, King Abdullah met in a closed door session with U.S. lawmakers. Obviously emotional, the furious monarch promised Jordan will pursue ISIS until his military runs “out of fuel and bullets,” according to those present.
“He said there is going to be retribution like ISIS hasn’t seen,” said Representative Duncan Hunter Jr., R-Calif., a Marine veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and took part in the meeting with the king. “He mentioned ‘Unforgiven’ and he mentioned Clint Eastwood, and he actually quoted a part of the movie.”
King Abdullah’s words were seconded by Jordan’s military leaders, who promised an “earth-shaking” response, proportionate to the magnitude of the tragedy of all Jordanians.”
The next day, at dawn, the Jordanians hung two prisoners. 45-year-old Sajida al-Rishawa had been sentenced to death for her part in the triple bombing that killed 60 in Amman in 2005. Jordan had twice offered to trade her to ISIS for the pilot, Lt. Moaz al-Kaseasbeh, but they never received proof of life. (Jordan later confirmed al-Kaseasbeh had actually been killed January 3rd.)
The second prisoner executed was Ziad al-Karbouly, an Iraqi who served as an aide to Al Qaeda in Iraq founder Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. It has been reported that at least four more executions will be held shortly.
The executions were announced by government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani, who said:
We are talking about a collaborative effort between coalition members to intensify efforts to stop extremism and terrorism to undermine, degrade and eventually finish Daesh. (Daesh is a derogatory Arabic term for Islamic State.)
All the state’s military and security agencies are developing their options. Jordan’s response will be heard by the world at large but this response on the security and military level will be announced at the appropriate time.
Lt. al-Kasaesbeh belonged to a large tribe that forms the backbone of support for the country’s Hashemite royal family. Safi al-Kasaesbeh, the pilot’s father, told Reuters the executions were not enough. He implored the government to do more to avenge his son’s murder.
I want the state to get revenge for my son’s blood through more executions of those people who follow this criminal group that shares nothing with Islam.
In the village of Ay, where the pilot grew up, mourners agreed Jordanians must be united in the fight against ISIS. “Today we put our differences behind us and rally behind the king and nation,” said shopkeeper Jabar Sarayah.
The ISIS terrorists now occupy large areas of both Iraq and Syria, who share borders with Jordan on the north and east.