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Jordan Executes Two Prisoners In Retaliation For ISIS Burning Death Of Pilot

The executions, which included the death of militant Sajida al-Rishawi, were carried out early Wednesday in retaliation for ISIS burning a Jordanian pilot to death in January.

Last updated on February 3, 2015, at 11:28 p.m. ET

Posted on February 3, 2015, at 10:27 p.m. ET

Iraqi Sajida al-Rishawi, 35, stands inside a military court at Juwaida prison in Amman on April 24, 2006.
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Iraqi Sajida al-Rishawi, 35, stands inside a military court at Juwaida prison in Amman on April 24, 2006.

Jordan hanged two prisoners, including Sadjedah al-Rishawi, early Wednesday, government officials announced.

Ziad Karbouli was the second person executed Wednesday, a Jordanian official told CNN. Karbouli was a former aide to the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

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The executions were carried out in response to a brutal ISIS video that showed Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh burning to death.

The video was released Tuesday and showed al-Kaseasbeh locked in a cage and seemingly doused in an accelerant before masked fighters lit him on fire. Members of the militant organization claim to have shot down al-Kaseasbeh's plane in December.

Jordanian officials said Tuesday that al-Kaseasbeh's execution actually happened on Jan. 3.

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Al-Kaseasbeh and a-Rishawi were recently the subject of a proposed prisoner exchange — ISIS offered al-Kaseasbeh if Jordan released al-Rishawi, who was captured after a failed suicide bombing attempt in Amman a decade ago.

The exchange never happened, though Jordan did say it would have been willing to carry out the swap.

Wednesday's executions come less than a month after Jordan reinstated the death penalty.

Jordan instituted a moratorium on the death penalty in 2006, but brought it back in December, when 11 men were hanged.

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