By Rakesh Raman
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has offered its point of view about the recent killing of a Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh who was burnt alive by the terrorist organization after locking him in a cage.
A video released by ISIS showed Moaz al-Kassasbeh jiggling in pain when flames slowly consumed him. And finally his charred body fell down in the cage. A bulldozer comes and crushes the cage along with the remains of the pilot’s body.
Jordan had stepped up its offensive against ISIS when the terrorists released the video which claimed they have burnt alive their hostage.
In the latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq, ISIS has carried a detailed story about the killing of the Jordanian pilot. Written under the headline “The Burning of the Murtadd Pilot,” the story reveals that the Islamic State had resolved to burn him alive as retribution for his crimes against Islam and the Muslims, including his active involvement in crusader airstrikes against Muslim lands.
“In burning the crusader pilot alive and burying him under a pile of debris, the Islamic State carried out a just form of retaliation for his involvement in the crusader bombing campaign , which continues to result in the killing of countless Muslims who, as a result of these airstrikes, are burned alive and buried under mountains of debris,” the Dabiq story explains.
“This is not to even mention those Muslims – men, women, and children – who survive the airstrikes and are left injured and disabled, and in many cases suffering from severe burns that cause them pain and anguish every minute of every day,” says ISIS in the Dabiq magazine.
It is largely believed that the airstrikes being carried out by the U.S.-led coalition forces against ISIS are actually hitting innocent civilians living in those areas.
It is said that an ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller was also killed in Jordanian airstrike on a Syrian storage facility where she was being held prisoner.
However a Pentagon spokesman John Kirby has dismissed such claims made by ISIS. “We have no indication that there were civilian casualties as a result of those strikes or collateral damage,” he said of ISIS claim.
“Let’s not forget in whose hands this woman died,” he said. “And let’s not forget who’s ultimately responsible for it: ISIL.” ISIL is the American term for ISIS.
With a slew of examples in the Dabiq article, ISIS has justified the murder of Jordanian pilot by burning him alive. It says, “The Islamic State not only followed the footsteps of Allah’s Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in his harshness towards the disbelievers, but also emulated the example of his righteous Sahābah (radiyallāhu ‘anhum) by punishing with fire in retaliation, and for the purpose of terrorizing the murtaddīn and making examples out of them.”
The 83-page magazine is the seventh issue of Dabiq released by ISIS.
Photos courtesy: Dabiq, ISIS
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