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Jordan pilot's mother calls for burning ISIL fighters

"They [her son's killers] are not Muslims; they are infidels, and I am sure that they [the pilot's colleagues] will avenge his death," she added in a televised speech.

08.02.2015
Jordan pilot's mother calls for burning ISIL fighters

AMMAN, Jordan

The mother of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasba - who was burned alive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – called on Sunday on her son's colleagues to "burn" ISIL members alive as well.

"I hope my son's colleagues will burn his killers," al-Kasasba's mother said.

"They [her son's killers] are not Muslims; they are infidels, and I am sure that they [the pilot's colleagues] will avenge his death," she added in a televised speech.

Jordan's Parliament Speaker, Atef Tarawneh, said on Sunday that his country would make a "seismic" reaction to al-Kasasba's killing.

ISIL had lost 7,000 militants and a fifth of its fighting capability since an international coalition began its raids against the group in August of 2014, according to Jordan's Air Force Commander, Mansour al-Jabour.

Al-Jabour said earlier on Sunday that Jordanian warplanes had carried out 946 strikes – out of a total of 5,000 aerial raids carried out by the coalition – against ISIL targets.

Last week, Jordanian King Abdullah II vowed a "relentless" war on the ISIL after the militant group released a video showing al-Kasasba being burned alive.

The ISIL has captured large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, killing thousands of people in the process.

It later declared the captured territories to be part of a self-styled "Islamic caliphate."

Since August of 2014, the U.S. has been leading an international coalition against ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria.

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