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Jordan Confirms Death of ISIS-held pilot, Vows Revenge

al-Kaseasbeh Jordanian Pilot
Posted at 2:39 PM, Feb 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-03 09:42:01-05

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - The spokesman for the Jordanian armed forces has confirmed the death of a pilot captured by the Islamic State extremist group and vowed "punishment and revenge."

"The military forces announce that the hero pilot, Muath al-Kaseasbeh, has fallen as a martyr, and ask God to accept him with the martyrs," Mamdouh al-Ameri said in a statement read on Jordanian TV.

"While the military forces mourn the martyr, they emphasize his blood will not be shed in vain. Our punishment and revenge will be as huge as the loss of the Jordanians."

His remarks came after an online video purportedly released by the Islamic State group appeared to show the captured pilot being burned to death.

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