The U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) became even more complicated on Tuesday, after a video posted online indicated that the militant group had killed a Jordanian pilot taking part in that fight. AP reports:
The video appeared to depict the pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, being burned alive by Islamic State militants. Al-Kaseasbah was taken captive on Dec. 24, 2014, after his jet went down during a bombing mission over Syria. His country is one of the U.S.’s high-profile Arab partners in the international military campaign against the Islamic State.
Hours after the news broke about Kaseasbeh, The New York Times revealed thatanother Arab partner praised in the U.S. for its role in the American-led campaign, the United Arab Emirates, ceased running airstrikes in December after the Jordanian’s capture.
The U.A.E. reportedly did so was because it doubted the American capacity to rescue coalition pilots whose planes might go down in Islamic State-held territory.