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Iraq to execute Daesh militant who burned Jordan pilot alive

Jordanian pilot Muath Al-Kasasbeh was captured alive in early February 2015 when his airplane was shot down over the Syrian city of Raqqa.
Jordanian pilot Muath Al-Kasasbeh was captured alive in early February 2015 when his airplane was shot down over the Syrian city of Raqqa.

The Iraqi supreme authorities have ratified a court decision to execute Saddam Omar Al- Jamal, a Daesh militant who is one of those responsible for the burning of a Jordanian pilot.

Muath Al-Kasasbeh was captured alive in early February 2015 when his airplane was shot down over the Syrian city of Raqqa.

A statement issued by his family yesterday said Al-Jamal was responsible for his murder and he would be executed.

Al-Jamal was arrested by the Iraqi intelligence in May, he denied responsibility for Al- Kasasbeh’s death.

In response, the Jordanian pilot’s family issued a statement saying Al-Jamal was “governor of the Euphrates”, an area controlled by Daesh at the time and where Muath’s plane was downed and therefore he had played a part in his murder.

In 2015, Daesh released a 22-minute video which purported to show the Jordanian locked in a cage while being burned alive.

READ: Iraq says Daesh remains threat, leader Baghdadi filmed video in ‘remote area’ 

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