2018-05-15 17:44:16 UTC
Top ISIS militant captured in raid mastermind behind burning of Jordanian
pilot, report says
An ISIS leader who was one of five terrorists captured in Iraq last week was
reportedly behind the execution of a Jordanian pilot who was burned alive in
a cage in 2015.
Saddam al-Jamal is believed to be the mastermind behind the harrowing
execution of Jordanian pilot Muath Al-Kaseasbeh, who was shot down and
captured in Syria in December 2014 and was seen being burned alive in a cage
months later, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday, citing Jordanian authorities.
The video, which Jordan said was authentic, showed al-Kaseasbeh standing in
a cage with a line of fuel leading to him, which then ignited, causing him
to burst into flames. ISIS previously sought to trade Al-Kaseasbeh for
Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who is in a Jordanian prison for her role
in a 2005 suicide bomb attack that killed 60 people in Amman.
Al-Jamal was the most prominent ISIS militant captured in a cross-border
raid last week. The arrests were a "significant blow to [ISIS]," coalition
spokesman Col. Ryan Dillion said.
Islamic State militants poured into Iraq in the summer of 2014, taking
control of nearly a third of the county and at the height of its power,
their so-called caliphate stretched from the edges of Aleppo in Syria to
north of Baghdad.
The heyday of ISIS in the Middle East is long over. Al-Jamal said in a video
released by Iraq's intelligence agency that the group was in a "bad state,"
according to The Wall Street Journal.
"There are many divisions and internal struggles within the organization,"
he said. "Many of the fighters have lost the will to fight."
Al-Jamal has been accused of being one of the most notorious killers in the
He has been accused of taking part in a 2014 massacre in Syria that killed
700 members of a tribe that tried to stand up to ISIS and Iraqi officials
believe he slaughtered an entire family that sought to stop their daughter
from marrying him, according to Metro UK.