Reprinted with permission from MEMRI.
A communiqué issued February 4, 2015, by the Islamic State’s (ISIS) General Security Bureau announces that the organization offers a reward to anyone killing or wounding a Jordanian pilot and thereby preventing him from taking part in airstrikes against the Islamic State. Appended to the communiqué is a list of Jordanian pilots allegedly supplied by the captured pilot Mu’adh Al-Kasasbeh before he was burned alive. Muslims in Jordan and Syria are urged to attack these pilots or alternatively provide information on their whereabouts.
The following are the main points of the communiqué, which was posted on the Twitter account of an ISIS media operative:[i]
The communiqué begins with Koranic verses (Al-Tawbah 14-15): “Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of the believers, and remove the anger of the believers’ hearts. Allah accepts the repentance of whom He wills. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.”[ii] It then states: “The Islamic State’s Shura Council offers a reward to anyone killing or wounding a Jordanian pilot and preventing him from flying as part of the Crusader coalition that is attacking Muslims in the Islamic State”. The communiqué specifies that the reward is 100 gold dinars in Islamic State currency, or the equivalent in any currency the recipient prefers. It notes that the Islamic State is willing to dispatch the sum to any location selected by the recipient, provided he demonstrates he has met all the conditions for receiving the money.
Appended to the communiqué is a list of 52 Jordanian pilots whose names were allegedly supplied by Al-Kasasbeh. The list specifies the pilots’ addresses, ranks and jobs. Among those named are Zaid ‘Ali Naqrash, commander of the Muwaffak Al-Salti Airbase, as well as Jamal Jabour Al-Mardini, who is mentioned by Al-Kasasbeh in the execution video as the fellow pilot who alerted him to the fact that his plane had been hit by a missile. The communiqué urges all Muslims in Jordan and Syria to attack the pilots on the list or at least provide useful information that would help reach them.
[i] Twitter.com/GAREB105, February 5, 2015.
[ii] The title of ISIS’s video documenting Al-Kasasbeh’s execution, “Healing the Breast of the Believers”, as also taken from this verse. On this video, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 5952, “Video Shows Islamic State (ISIS) Execute Captured Jordanian Pilot By Burning Him Alive,” February 3, 2015.