Iran Strongly Condemns Burning Alive of Jordanian Pilot
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday strongly condemned the heinous murder of a Jordanian pilot by the ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) terrorist group, and said the crime was against the principles of Islam.
A video emerged online on Tuesday purporting to show First-Lieutenant Moaz al-Kassasbeh engulfed in flames, being executed by the ISIL terrorist group.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham condemned the crime as “inhuman and un-Islamic”, and expressed Tehran’s sympathy with the beavered family of the Jordanian victim and the Arab country’s nation and government.
She further pointed to the responsibility of all sides that played effective role in reinforcing terrorist groups regarding this crime, and reiterated the necessity for avoiding a selective approach toward terrorism.
Afkham also underlined the necessity for showing strong response to all criminal acts carried out by these terrorist groups.
Jordan began executing fighters on death row as part of an “earth-shattering” response to the burning alive of one of its fighter pilots by the ISIL.
King Abdullah II, who was visiting Washington DC as the video came to light, recorded a televised address to his shocked and outraged nation.
Abdullah, who was once in the military himself, described Kassasbeh as a hero and pledged to take the battle to ISIL fighters, who have executed several captives on camera in recent months, provoking worldwide revulsion.