Japan's PM Shinzo Abe Condemns ISIL for Burning Alive Jordanian Pilot

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed "strong indignation over the cold-blooded burning death of Jordanian pilot Moaz al- Kassasbeh by the ISIL"

In an official statement by the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo, Abe said, "I do not have words to say when I imagine how his family must be feeling at this moment, and on behalf of the government and the people of Japan, I express sincerest condolences and heartfelt sympathy."

At this difficult time, Japan is together with Jordan. I express solidarity with the government and the people of Jordan, Abe said adding that "I feel strong anger over such an outrageous and contemptible act of terrorism. I cannot tolerate or understand such inexcusable violence.

The statement went on to stress, “We should never surrender to terrorism. Our country will cooperate with the international community and further expand humanitarian assistance, with a stronger determination to fulfill its responsibility as part of the global community's fight against terrorism."

The so-called ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) terrorists released an online video Tuesday afternoon that appears to show a captured Jordanian military pilot being burned alive in a cage.

The pilot was captured after his fighter plane crashed while engaged in a bombing mission against Islamic State in northern Syria in December, according to the Jordanian military and other sources.

The Jordanian military said the officer was killed Jan. 3 and so was already dead when Amman sought the release of the pilot and a Japanese hostage in exchange for freeing a would-be suicide bomber, Sajida al-Rishawi, who is on death row in Jordan.

A Jordanian military spokesperson has confirmed the death of pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh and said the country will retaliate. Jordan's King Abdullah II decided to cut short a visit to the United States and return home.

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