Islamic State burn captured Jordanian pilot alive in cage
THE head of the Jordanian armed forces told the family of a Jordanian pilot held captive by Islamic State insurgents that he had been killed.
Islamic State earlier posted a video purporting to show the pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh being burnt alive.
The apparent burning alive of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State (IS) extremists has been condemned as "savage and criminal".
The pilot was captured by IS when his plane came down near Raqqa, Syria, in December while on a mission in support of US-led airstrikes.
Jordanian state TV confirmed the death, suggesting he was actually killed a month ago.
Michael Haines, brother of the murdered British IS hostage David Haines, said: "My heart is filled with sadness yet again to hear of the savage murder of another hostage by the terrorists (IS).
"Firstly, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Moaz al Kasasbeh, I know only too well the feelings of loss, anger and disbelief they must be experiencing right now. I share their pain.
"The murder of Moaz al Kasasbeh once more shows the unmerciful nature of these criminals.
"The world must come and stand together in the rejection of the fear the terrorists are attempting to spread. Only when we are all united against this vile threat will we defeat it."
Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said: "These events simply underline that there is no level of barbarity to which IS is not willing to sink in support of its cause.
"The administration in Jordan will find itself in an extraordinarily difficult position as a result of this murder.
"But the lesson is surely that where IS triumphs it will allow no quarter to those who are opposed or unsympathetic to its views.
"Their hard line has to be met by a hard line on the part of the coalition."
The Jordanian army said it would avenge the death of a Jordanian pilot killed by Islamic State militants.
"The revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan," army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri said in a televised statement.
U.S. President Barack Obama said the video, if authenticated, would be another sign of the "viciousness and barbarity" of the militant group.
"Whatever ideology they're operating off of, it's bankrupt," Obama told reporters, noting the video would redouble the determination of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the group in Syria and Iraq.
Jordanian King Abdullah cut short a visit to the United States over the video.
"His Majesty the King, the supreme commander of the armed forces, has cut his visit to the United States after the news of the martyrdom of the hero pilot," state television said.