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    Jordan's King Vows 'Relentless' War Against IS

    Jordanian security forces leave Swaqa prison, after the executions of Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouly, two Iraqis linked to al-Qaida, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of the Jordan's capital, Amman, Feb. 4, 2015.
    Jordanian security forces leave Swaqa prison, after the executions of Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouly, two Iraqis linked to al-Qaida, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of the Jordan's capital, Amman, Feb. 4, 2015.
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    Jordan's King Abdullah has vowed to take tough action against Islamic State militants following the group's gruesome killing of a Jordanian pilot captured after his plane went down during a mission targeting the militants in Syria.

    The murder of pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh triggered international condemnation and prompted Jordanian authorities to execute two Iraqi prisoners, failed suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi and al-Qaida operative Ziad al-Karbouly.

    King Abdullah stressed that Jordan would be "relentless" in the war against Islamic State.

    "We are waging this war to protect our faith, our values and human principles. And our war for their sake will be relentless and will hit them in their own ground," he said.

    Jordan hanged al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death for her role in a 2005 suicide bombing in Amman, and l-Karbouly, another Iraqi with ties to al-Qaida. 

    The Islamic State group had demanded al-Rishawi's release as part of a prisoner exchange, but Jordan refused to move forward without proof that pilot al-Kaseasbeh was still alive.

    A video emerged online Tuesday purporting to show the pilot locked inside a cage, then a militant lighting a trail of gasoline that traveled to the cage and burned him to death.

    "The U.S. intelligence community has no reason to doubt the authenticity of the video," said Brian P. Hale, director of public relations for the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

    Jordan said the pilot was apparently killed a month ago. He was captured in Syria after his plane went down while flying as part of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against Islamic State targets. 

    "This is cowardly terror by a criminal group that has no relation to Islam," a grim-looking King Abdullah told the Jordanian people from Washington on Tuesday. "The brave pilot gave his life defending his faith, country and nation, and joined other Jordanian martyrs."

    President Barack Obama, who met briefly with King Abdullah, said the video is just one more indication of the Islamic State's "viciousness and barbarity."

    "And it, I think, will redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of a global coalition to make sure that they are degraded and ultimately defeated," the president told reporters.

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the pilot's murder and said Islamic State is a terrorist group with no regard for human life.

    Jordan's participation in the airstrikes against fellow Muslims has been unpopular within the country.

    But General Lloyd Austin, the head of U.S. Central Command, which oversees the coalition fighting the militants, said Tuesday Kaseasbeh "served his country courageously and honorably," and was an important member of the team fighting the Islamic State group.

    Earlier Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh signed a memorandum of understanding under which the U.S. will provide $1 billion a year to Jordan through 2017.

    Kerry said the U.S. also is adding to the $467 million it already has contributed to help Jordan care for refugees from both Syria and Iraq.

    Related video by VOA's Arash Arabasadi on world reaction to IS brutality:

    Apparent Killing in IS Video Called Un-Islamic, Barbarousi
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    Arash Arabasadi
    February 04, 2015 11:03 PM
    The Jordanian government executed two militants Wednesday, responding to an Islamic State video showing the apparent gruesome killing of a Jordanian pilot who was captured after his plane went down during a mission targeting IS fighters in Syria. The pilot, Muath al-Kaseasbeh, had recently been used as a bargaining chip in a failed effort to trade for al-Qaida operatives held in Jordanian prisons. Arash Arabasadi reports from Washington on reactions to the video

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    by: Sameer Turgman from: USA
    February 06, 2015 5:13 AM
    "This is cowardly,This a terrorist group with no regard for human life.global coalition is must,don't wait to act all of you LEADEARS

    OUR KING IS READY WHERE IS THE INTERNATIONAL SUPORT

    by: kepler-8E from: Canada
    February 06, 2015 12:31 AM
    Now, Americans have just realized their government blunder that Saddam was not that cruel as perceived to be compare to these animals. I wish Americans and the west have not interfered with Iraq or even Syria. But the question remains, why ISIS leader has not be taken out and who is funding and training these cruel animals and why carpet bombing from the West hasn't taken place in the ISIS invaded territories. Why their Facebook, twitter account has not been shut down yet. And, who is their real Master?
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    by: Steve
    February 06, 2015 6:24 PM
    It's one war after another. US has been begging to enter Syria, I guess ISIL was trump card. Incidentally, the FSA has close link with the groups.

    by: Peter Pan from: Neverland
    February 05, 2015 11:50 PM
    Oh that's great. Let's give them more money so it can disappear, sight unseen into the ashtray of a govt they have.

    by: human lab rat
    February 05, 2015 11:34 PM
    Why would they publicly release information like this? Wouldn't they want to keep their intentions secret so they could catch the ISIS unprepared and off guard. Doesn't make sense to me.

    by: Andy gordon from: Trinidad & Tobago
    February 05, 2015 11:15 PM
    I still wonder, when would the world realize an air campaign alone would not defeat Isis.

    by: Kenji
    February 05, 2015 8:44 PM
    Where is the "hell" Jordan intends to unleash???
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    by: Hanzi
    February 06, 2015 7:41 PM
    In a few days you expects so much, I guess stupid worthless people think a lot and understand very little.
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    by: jjazznola from: NYC
    February 05, 2015 10:42 PM
    Give them a little time would ya?

    by: tinmankush from: usa
    February 05, 2015 8:27 PM
    Greif and condolences to the pilot's family. Glad to see the Kingdom is SA step up to help rid the world of such evil bastards. That is not what the mulism faith is about at all. ID must be stopped.

    by: DC from: PA
    February 05, 2015 7:35 AM
    Finally somebody with some stones. Way to go King. POTUS try to learn something.
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    by: Your kids are...
    February 06, 2015 7:43 PM
    Excuse me, the King has been part of bombing campaign unless you somehow think circumstance of air pilot to be magic. Yes, let's stoop personal attacks jazznola, I guess that's you project pointless opinion from worthless existence.
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    by: Aok from: Hmmm
    February 06, 2015 12:03 AM
    Well, I think he's learned to be more sensitive at golfing photo ops for the next time Isis Beheads another American. Yeah, he'll learn.:
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    by: onefeather from: USA
    February 05, 2015 10:50 PM
    Well said. If it happens here our government does Nothing but talk trash.
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    by: jjazznola from: NYC
    February 05, 2015 10:45 PM
    The King has not done anything yet unlike Obama who has been bombing them for months spending millions and millions of our tax dollars. Do you want to go over there and fight? Didn't think so!

    by: Kerfala from: Liberia
    February 05, 2015 7:14 AM
    I advice Jordanians king to calm down and strategies or coordinate very well to avenge the tragic death of their lovely son. Because taking the issue brutally like isil without following US let coalition advices, your frustration may double or become worst .These criminals called ISIL are trying to spoil the original image of Islam wish of cause is impossible according to the UNIQUE AND CLEAN BOOK AL KORAN KARIM.
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    by: kapp from: Indiana
    February 05, 2015 11:01 PM
    Thank you for your encouraging words of wisdom. While of sickens me that an innocent man was martyred, hopefully his death will not have been for nothing. If his brutal slaying can bring the world together in order to squash this parasitic group of psychotic lunatics, then he will not have died in vain.

    by: Laura Katula from: Cape Town
    February 05, 2015 2:53 AM
    & here i thought the age of war will end with the 21st century
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    by: Mark from: Virginia
    February 05, 2015 7:06 AM
    ....one could only wish that were true....
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