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Jordan Still Standing by Its Swap Deal with the Islamic State in Return For Country’s Pilot

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Published on : Feb 02, 2015

Jordan has stated on Sunday that it was still standing by its promise to hand over to Islamic State a jailed Iraqi militant in a swap deal for the release of a Jordanian pilot held captive by the extremist militant group. What’s surprising is that Jordan has still stood by its decision for such a deal after a second Japanese reporter, also held hostage by the Islamic State, was beheaded by the group. 

Jordan’s military and security agencies were making constant attempts for checking whether the pilot, named Muath al-Kasaesbeh, was still alive or not, said Jordanian government’s spokesperson Mohammad al-Momani.

Reportedly, Muath al-Kasaesbeh was captured by the Islamic State when his F-16 fighter jet was crashed in a region controlled by the Islamic State militants of Syria. 

Momani said that the country was still ready to hand over the jailed Iraqi militant Sajida al-Rishawi if that could bring the country its hero and son back.

Jordan has been under intensifying public pressure to negotiate with the Islamic State for the return of Kasaesbeh. People supporting Kasaesbeh have led to protests in the home town of Kasaesbeh. It is reported that Kasaesbeh belongs to an important tribe in Jordan that forms the backbone of support for the country’s Hashemite monarchy.

The Jordanian government has also slammed the heinous beheading of Japanese reporter Kenji Goto. The act of beheading was videotaped and released by the Islamic State late on Saturday. Kasaesbeh was held captive along with Goto and one more Japanese reporter, Haruna Yukawa. But the footage made no mention of Kasaesbeh.

Jordanian Palace’s statement stated that King Abdullah had received a phone call from Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe thanking Abdullah for his efforts for trying to secure Goto’s release. All the efforts went in vain when Goto was killed in cold blood and without giving any justification for the act.

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