Jordan Vows 'Earth-Shaking' Revenge on ISIS

Source says country will execute Iraqi woman at dawn
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2015 2:34 PM CST
Jordan Vows 'Earth-Shaking' Revenge on ISIS
Anwar al-Tarawneh, wife of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh, holds a poster of him as she weeps during a protest in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.   (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Jordan wasted little time in vowing revenge for the apparent execution of pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh, with an army spokesman saying on television that "the revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan," and a government rep adding that the nation's response would be "strong, earth-shaking, and decisive." The AFP is among news outlets reporting that Jordan will execute the Iraqi woman ISIS had sought in a prisoner swap, citing an anonymous security official. "The sentence of death pending on ... Iraqi Sajida al-Rishawi will be carried out at dawn," the official said. King Abdullah II, who met today with Secretary of State John Kerry before the video's release, is cutting short a trip to Washington, reports Reuters, though both nations are indicating they're standing together in the coalition against ISIS.

President Obama called the pilot's execution "one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity" of ISIS. "I think it will redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of the global coalition to make sure they are degraded and ultimately defeated," he said in a statement, per the BBC. Abdullah himself is facing blowback over al-Kaseasbeh's death and the country has been wrought by rare protests since the pilot's capture in late December. "This is something that hasn't been seen before" in Jordan, a former army officer tells the BBC. "It's an absolute terror." At the tribal meeting place where al-Kaseasbeh's relatives have kept vigil, the AP reports that an uncle shouted the news, saying, "I received a phone call from the chief of staff saying God bless his soul." Chants went up against Abdullah. (More Muath al-Kaseasbeh stories.)

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