The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria released a video claiming to have burned the Jordanian Pilot Moaz Al-Kasasba alive.
The 22-minute long video was circulated among websites close to IS before it went viral. The video was under the title Shifaa Al-Sudur (The Recovery of Chests). Al-Kasasba was dressed in orange in a cage and surrounded by IS fighters, whose Emir set Al-Kasasba on fire.
The period IS had given for a swap deal between the Iraqi Sajida Al-Rishawi and the Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto, came to an end last Thursday. It was assumed that Al-Kasasba’s life was to be spared if the deal went on. The Japanese detainee was killed last Saturday.
Hakim Khatib studied political science of the Middle East, European Studies, journalism and linguistics. He has been lecturing at different German universities since 2011 on issues related to ideology and the interplay of power thereof in socio-political life, and religion and its relationship to contemporary politics in the regions of West Asia and North Africa, especially Egypt and Syria. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal (MPC Journal) since 2014 and has published over 100 articles in different languages, academic and otherwise, in a wide spectrum of on-line and printed newspapers, journals and think tanks. His current research focuses on Islam-inspired political ideologies such as Islamist extremism and Salafism, radicalisation, de-radicalisation processes in Germany as well as peace and conflict in the Middle East.