Muath Al-Kasasbeh

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Muath Al-Kasasbeh
معاذ صافي يوسف الكساسبة
Birth nameMuath Safi Yousef Al-Kasasbeh
Born(1988-05-29)May 29, 1988[1]
Karak, Jordan
DiedJanuary 3, 2015(2015-01-03) (aged 26)
Syria
Allegiance Jordan
Service/branchRoyal Jordanian Air Force
RankFirst Lieutenant

Muath Safi Yousef Al-Kasasbeh (Arabic: معاذ صافي يوسف الكساسبة‎; May 29, 1988 – January 3, 2015)[2] was a Jordanian pilot. He was imprisoned and burnt alive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Al-Kasasbeh was a First Lieutenant in the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The plane he was piloting, an F-16 fighter jet, crashed after mechanical problems on December 24, 2014, though Islamic State claimed it shot his aircraft down.[3] He was captured by Islamic State militants near Raqqa, Syria.

He was threatened with execution, but there were negotiations to release him. However, Islamic State decapitated his co-prisoner, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, and subsequently burned Al-Kasasbeh to death while he was locked in a cage.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Heather Saul and Kashmira Gander (December 24, 2014). "Isis 'did not shoot down Jordan war plane' before capturing pilot, says US". The Independent. Retrieved January 3, 2015. RMC later posted a photograph of the Jordanian military identity card of the pilot identifying him as Mu'ath Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh who was born on May 29, 1988.
  2. Shiv Malik. "Isis video shows Jordanian hostage being burned to death". the Guardian.
  3. "BBC News - Profile: IS-held Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh". BBC News.
  4. "Jordan committed to anti-IS coalition, despite hostage drama". Yahoo News. 1 February 2015.