World leaders have joined in condemning ISIL for the barbaric murder of Jordan’s Maaz al-Kasasbeh, who was captured by IS gunmen when his F-16 fighter jet crashed near Raqqa, their stronghold in Syria, in December. He was on a mission to support the US-led airstrikes.
British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted a few hours ago stating that Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh’s “sickening murder will only strengthen our resolve to defeat ISIL. My prayers are with his family tonight.”
US President Barack Obama has also joined the people of Jordan in grieving the loss of First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh. He was cruelly and brutally killed by ISIL terrorists, Mr. Obma has said in a statement adding “on behalf of the American people, I offer my deepest condolences to Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh’s family and loved ones, to the brave men and women of the Jordan Armed Forces, and to King Abdullah II and the people of Jordan.”
In Mr. Obama’s words: “Along with his compatriots and other Arab and international members of the coalition, Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh was in the vanguard of the effort to degrade and defeat the threat posed by ISIL. ….As we grieve together, we must stand united, respectful of his sacrifice to defeat this scourge. Today, the coalition fights for everyone who has suffered from ISIL’s inhumanity. It is their memory that invests us and our coalition partners with the undeterred resolve to see ISIL and its hateful ideology banished to the recesses of history.”
Meeting the King of Jordan King Abdullah II at the Naval Observatory, the US Vice President Joe Biden offered his condolences and condemned in the strongest possible terms the brutality and violence that ISIL has consistently shown to its captives and to the people of Iraq and Syria. The Vice President called for the release of all those held prisoner by ISIL. The Vice President also reinforced America’s ironclad support for Jordan and his appreciation of Jordan’s contributions to the coalition against ISIL.
King Abdullah II, talking to Jordanian TV in Washington said “It’s the duty of all of us to stand united and show the real values of Jordanians in the face of these hardships,”