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Jordanian pilot killed by Islamic State militants

A screengrab from an ISIS video reporting to show Jordanian Pilot Muath al-Kasasba prior to being burned alive. (via Storyful)

Jordanian pilot, Muath al-Kasaesbeh, killed by Islamic State militants

The Islamic State group released a video Tuesday purportedly showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage, in the jihadists' most brutal execution yet of a foreign hostage. The highly choreographed 22-minute video released online showed images of a man purported to be First Lieutenant Maaz al-Kassasbeh, captured in December, engulfed in flames.

King Abdullah II cut short a visit to Washington to fly home, state television said, as Amman confirmed the death of the 26-year-old fighter pilot and vowed an "earth-shattering response". The video, whose authenticity was not immediately verified, enraged officials and the army in Jordan vowed to avenge the murder of the 26-year-old pilot. (AFP)

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