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Jordan vows "earth-shaking" response to killing of captured pilot.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 - 01:27

Jordan says it will deliver a ''strong, earth-shaking and decisive'' repsonse to the apparent killing of a captured air force pilot by Islamic State militants. Katie Sargent reports.

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EDITORS NOTE: EDIT INCLUDES VIDEO THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 EDITORS NOTE: AUDIO IS PART MUTE Protesters in Karak, Jordan -- the hometown of pilot Mouath al Kasaesbeh -- demanding revenge for his death at the hands of Islamic State militants. A video the group released on Tuesday appeared to show the captured pilot being burned alive in a cage. Reuters could not immediately confirm the content of the video. An army spokesman went on television vowing an earth-shaking response...and it came quickly. Jordan had been negotiating to swap the pilot for an Iraqi woman who had been sentenced to death for her role in suicide bombings in Amman in 2005. A security source said the woman was executed on Wednesday -- along with another militant. King Abdullah was in the United States when the news of Kasaesbeh's death broke. He cut the visit short after meeting with President Obama and made a statement in which he called the pilot a martyred hero. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) KING ABDULLAH OF JORDAN SAYING: "May God bless him, at the hands of the cowardly terrorist organisation, Da'esh (ISIL), which behaved in an extremely wrong and criminal way that has nothing to do with our noble religion." Kasaesbeh had been flying missions against Islamic state as part of the U.S.-led alliance when he was captured in December.

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Jordan vows "earth-shaking" response to killing of captured pilot.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 - 01:27