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King Abdullah arrives in murdered pilot's hometown

Thursday, February 05, 2015 - 00:53

Jordan's King Abdullah hugs the father of murdered pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, during a visit to the pilot's hometown. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) King Abdullah of Jordan greeted the father of murdered Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh with a hug on Thursday (February 5) as he arrived in the family's hometown of A'y. Abdullah entered the village in a long convoy of vehicles before getting out for an emotional greeting with Safi al-Kasaesbeh and other family members of Muath, who was killed by Islamic State fighters. The video released by the hardline group earlier in the week purported to show him being burned alive in a metal cage. Soldiers and civilians were also amongst those who gathered in a large Marquee to pay their condolences. Safi al-Kasaesbeh addressed the crowd talking of the moment his son was captured by Islamic State militants. "Yes, this is not the first time Muath took part in striking these monsters from the awful organization in Iraq and Syria. Muath's F16 [aircraft] was targeted by a rocket, the source which we do not know, which led to his fall at the hands of this criminal organization in the city of Raqqa on December 24," he said. Jordan, which is part of the U.S.-led alliance, had promised an "earth-shaking response" to the killing of its pilot. He was the first from the coalition known to have been captured and killed by Islamic State. Jordan hanged two Iraqi jihadists, one a woman, on Wednesday (February 4), and vowed to intensify military action against Islamic State. Later on Thursday state television reported that Jordanian war planes flew over A'y and the Jordanian capital Amman after returning from mission, but did not give the mission location.

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King Abdullah arrives in murdered pilot's hometown

Thursday, February 05, 2015 - 00:53