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Jordan to execute ISIS prisoners after pilot burned alive

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Posted at 4:44 PM, Feb 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-03 17:44:14-05

Jordan vowed a response to the apparent burning death of fighter pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh. The U.S. ally will execute ISIS prisoners, Reuters reports, including female suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi.

"The revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan," said Jordanian Army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri in a statement, The Jerusalem Post reports.

King Abdullah of Jordan was in Washington Tuesday, where he is expected to meet with President Barack Obama. His scheduled trip was cut short.

"Lieutenant al-Kaseasbeh’s dedication, courage, and service to his country and family represent universal human values that stand in opposition to the cowardice and depravity of ISIL," Obama said in a statement.

Jordan had been negotiating to trade al-Rishawi for al-Kaseasbeh, who was captured in December. Instead, the Islamic State released a video Tuesday that appeared to show al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive.

Two days earlier, a video appeared to show the beheading death of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

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Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk.