Captured Pilot's Dad to ISIS: Treat Him as a 'Guest'
No word yet on Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh's fate
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2014 9:33 AM CST
Relatives and friends of the Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS, 1st Lt. Mu'ath Safi al-Kaseasbeh, gather in the Kaseasbeh tribe chamber in Aey, Jordan, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
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(Newser) – The father of the Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS is pleading with militants to treat his son well, reports Reuters, noting that 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh comes from a prominent Sunni Muslim family. "I do not want to describe him as a hostage. I call him a guest," said Kaseasbeh's father. "He is a guest among brothers of ours in Syria Islamic State. I ask them—by the name of God and with the dignity of the prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him — to receive him as a guest of his hosts and treat him well." The AP notes that there's been no word on the younger Kaseasbeh since ISIS trumpeted news of his capture; he is the first soldier in the US-led coalition against ISIS to be captured. The US is now confirming that ISIS did not in fact shoot down Kaseasbeh's plane.