Isis Jordanian pilot video: US president Barack Obama issues statement on death of Muath al-Kasaesbeh

'Today, we join the people of Jordan in grieving the loss of one of their own'

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US president Barack Obama has released a full statement on the murder of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh by Isis militants.

The statement reads: "Today, we join the people of Jordan in grieving the loss of one of their own, First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh, cruelly and brutally killed by ISIL terrorists. 

"On behalf of the American people, I offer my deepest condolences to Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh’s family and loved ones, to the brave men and women of the Jordan Armed Forces, and to King Abdullah II and the people of Jordan.

"Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh will forever personify the bravery of a true son of Jordan, one who honored his family and country by his seven years of military service.  Along with his compatriots and other Arab and international members of the coalition, Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh was in the vanguard of the effort to degrade and defeat the threat posed by ISIL.

"Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh’s dedication, courage, and service to his country and family represent universal human values that stand in opposition to the cowardice and depravity of ISIL, which has been so broadly rejected around the globe.  As we grieve together, we must stand united, respectful of his sacrifice to defeat this scourge. 

"Today, the coalition fights for everyone who has suffered from ISIL’s inhumanity. It is their memory that invests us and our coalition partners with the undeterred resolve to see ISIL and its hateful ideology banished to the recesses of history."

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Supporters and relatives of pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh say prayers following his reported killing, in the Jordanian capital Amman (Getty)

 

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