Capture of Muath
Pilot Muath Al-Kasasbeh of the Royal Jordanian Air Force was captured on 24 December 2014 after his F-16 jet crashed over ISIS-held territory during a mission. The Jordanian government spent the next three months negotiating the pilot's release in exchange for some ISIS and Al-Qaeda prisoners from Jordanian prisons. On 2 February 2015, a 22-minute video was released by ISIS showed the pilot being interrogated and then burned alive in a cage. However, it is believed that the pilot was executed on 3 January and that ISIS was thus negotiating fully for an entire month.
Jordan's three-day aerial bombardment of ISIS-held territory in Syria targeted ISIS training camps, ammunition depots and oil extraction facilities, which inflicted 55 casualties among ISIS fighters, including a high-ranking official known as the "Prince of Nineveh".
Jordanian state TV released footage showing fighter jets leaving Muwaffaq Salti Air Base
, with the video entitled, "this is the beginning and you will get to know the Jordanians".
Jordanian F-16s returning from the bombing campaign made a diversion in Al-Karak
, over the place where King Abdullah II
and large crowds gathered to offer condolences to Muath's family.
ISIS claimed that Jordanian airstrikes had killed female American hostage Kayla Mueller
, a claim that was debunked by Jordanian and American government officials.
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