CAIRO: Egypt condemned the “barbaric crime” of killing Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kaseasbeh by the Islamic State group, that “contradicts with the merciful and noble values of the Islamic religion and all divine law,” in a Tuesday statement by Foreign Ministry.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi added in the statement that Egypt stands by the Jordanian side in confronting a “cowardly” organization, repeating his calls for “concerted international efforts” to fight terrorism and extremist thought.
On Jan. 31, Sisi has vowed a “unified military leadership” to combat Sinai-based Islamist jihadists who have pledged allegiance to IS, following the killing of some 32 soldiers in Arish on Jan. 29.
Kaseasbeh’s death was announced Tuesday in a video broadcast by the Islamic State group showing him locked in a cage and burned alive.
Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the “sickening murder by ISIL’s barbaric terrorists” and stated that their “brutal behavior will only strengthen our resolve.”
Extending his condolences to the Jordanian people, U.S. President Barack Obama said that 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.”
Analysts believe IS’s killing to Kaseasbeh is an application to “eye for an eye” philosophy, given that he was a member of the U.S-led international coalition fighting the group. However, religious clerics repeatedly denounced ISIS’s Quranic citations to demonstrate their killings.
Egypt’s most prestigious Sunni institute, Al-Azhar resented Tuesday IS’s “dastardly act” which it said requires a harsh penalty as stated in Quran.
Kaseasbeh is believed to be the first member of the international coalition fighting the terrorist group to fall into enemy hands after his plane crashed in December.
Three days of mourning and a vow for retaliation was announced by Jordan after it affirmed the authenticity of the video. A few hours later, Jordan carried out executions of two prisoners whose release IS had demanded in response.
One of the prisoners was Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi militant who was offered in a swap by the Jordanian government for Kaseasbeh, after IS demanded her release. She was sentenced to death over collaborating in a 2005 suicide bomb that killed dozens in Amman. The other prisoner was an Qaeda militant.