Jordan’s King Abdullah executed two al-Qaeda prisoners before dawn today, following through on his promised retaliation for the ISIS barbaric slaughter by burning of Jordanian pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh.
CNN Put to death were Sajida al-Rishawi, the Iraqi would-be suicide bomber whose release ISIS had previously requested, and Ziad Karbouli, a former top aide to the deceased leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The executions came a day after video and stills showing a Jordanian military pilot being burned alive while confined in a cage, were released.
“Those who doubted the atrocities committed by ISIS now have the proof,” Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said on state TV. In Amman and in the pilot’s hometown, crowds hit the streets, calling for revenge. “The propaganda factor, I think, is going to completely backfire on them and the reason I say that is: When was the last time you had a mob in the street of one of these Muslim countries that was not screaming ‘death to America,’ but in fact screaming, ‘death to ISIS?