Family of Jordan pilot held by Islamic State hopeful he is alive

January 31, 2015 01:55

 Friends and family members of a Jordanian pilot being held by Islamic State said on Friday (January 30) they believe he is still alive.

They gathered in capital Amman, seeking information about his fate, a day after the deadline passed for the release of an Iraqi prisoner in Jordan.

An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist also captured by the insurgents said the pilot would be killed "immediately" unless Jordan released Sajida al-Rishawi, who is on death row for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack that killed 60 people in Amman.

Muath al-Kasaesbeh was captured after his jet crashed in northeastern Syria in December during a bombing mission against Islamic State.

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