Latest Jordan Forum Posts

  • Earlier today, the Islamic State posted a twenty-two-minute video online that shows a young Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh, being burned alive in a cage. Kasasbeh’s F-16 went down over northern Syria on December 24th, and he was the first member of the U.S.-led coalition to be captured by ISIS. Over the past week, Jordan attempted to obtain his release by offering to exchange a woman on death row whose suicide vest had failed to explode at a wedding in 2005. (Her husband’s bomb did detonate, and thirty-eight members of the bridal party were killed.) Negotiations stalled when ISIS failed to provide proof that the pilot was alive. Today, Jordanian television reported that Kasasbeh was probably killed a month ago. President Obama, who is reviewing U.S.
  • He had a good job and a loving family, but it wasn't enough for a 25-year old Jordanian who abandoned his life of privilege in Amman to join the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of neighboring Iraq and Syria. Handsome, courteous and highly regarded in his profession as a radiologist, the man, whose name has been withheld for security reasons, disappeared in early August after the Muslim Eid holiday. He did not tell his family where he was going.