Jordan Executes Female Prisoner ISIS Wanted Released

Update: Jordan has executed Sajida al-Rishawi and another al Qaida prisoner, Ziad al-Karbouli (aka Abu Houthiyfah), who was also sentenced to death. Are more coming executions coming?

There are reports a Jordanian member of al-Qaida, Muammar Ahmad Yusuf Al-Jaghbir, was also moved to the execution facility. Al-Jaghbir was initially sentenced to death, but in 2009, his sentenced was changed to 15 years. On December 25, when reports first surfaced of an exchange of al Qaida prisoners with Jordan, al-Jahbir was mentioned, along with al-Rashawi and al-Karouli as those who could be released.

Would Jordan execute a prisoner (and Jordanian citizen) whose death sentence was commuted? That doesn't sit right, especially when al-Jaqhbir is not a member of ISIS. [More...]

Jordan holds dozens if not more al Qaida members. Al Qaida is not ISIS. Many Jordanian militants left to join Jabhat al Nusra. Since JaN didn't kill the pilot or Japanese hostage, but al Qaida members are being executed by Jordan in retaliation, this can't help relations between the two groups, which are already enemies and fighting each other.

Original Post

At dawn tomorrow, Jordan will execute Sajida al-Rishawi, the failed female Al Qaida suicide bomber imprisoned there since 2005, whose release ISIS had demanded in exchange for Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. The execution is in retaliation for ISIS burning Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh alive.

Before daybreak Wednesday, a convoy carrying the al-Qaida prisoner, Sajida al-Rishawi, arrived at Swaqa prison where executions have been carried out in the past, the official said. The official said al-Rishawi was to be executed at dawn.

Al-Rishawi will die by hanging.

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    Al Qaida v/s ISIS (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by lentinel on Wed Feb 04, 2015 at 04:34:19 PM EST
    Do we get to pick a side?

    I would be absolutely shocked (none / 0) (#12)
    by Peter G on Wed Feb 04, 2015 at 08:55:57 PM EST
    if certain agencies of the U.S. Government were not working day and night - by bribery, dirty tricks, social engineering, or whatever means - to foment and encourage rivalry and conflict between those two groups.

    I hope so (none / 0) (#13)
    by Jack203 on Wed Feb 04, 2015 at 09:28:47 PM EST
    But I am not confident they would be any good at it.

    Ok (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Feb 04, 2015 at 07:46:56 PM EST
    i couldn't help myself.  I watched the video.  I wish I had not but I did.  Talk about things you can't unsee.  But the point of my comment is to call attention to the fact that FOX news has given it a full length permanent home.  That's where I saw it.  Other than the abject horror of it the thing that strikes you, or at least me as a person long involved in media, is the sort of unbelievably high production value.  It is very well done.  If such a thing can be said about such a thing.  
    And I think FOXs decision to display it poses some interesting questions.  People are saying they are doing what the terrorists want and that is probably true.  OTOH I'm not sure it helps them in spite of whatever they may want.  It is without a doubt, and in the age of horrific video, the most awful thing I've ever seen.  I completely understand why it seems to be turning a tide in places like Jordan.  IMO every person who sees it is another nail in their coffin.  
    I am completely sympathic to the idea that FOX is probably doing it for the wrong reasons but I'm not sure it's availability is an entirely bad thing.  
    I've tried to choose my words more carefully than usual in this comment.  I hope I have succeeded.

    You're a better man than I Gunga Din... (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by desertswine on Wed Feb 04, 2015 at 07:56:21 PM EST
    I just cannot watch this kind of thing. I just don't want it in my memory. I watched one once of some Russian kid getting murdered in Afghanistan, and its still in my head. That was it for me.

    There has been so much (none / 0) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Feb 04, 2015 at 07:58:31 PM EST
    said and written about it I felt I needed to see it.  I really believe it may be a pivitol event.

    Also (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Feb 04, 2015 at 09:36:12 PM EST
    not exactly in the way of an excuse but remember I spent almost 20 years doing gory effects for film so I have what you might call a sort of professional detachment from visual input.   Which allows me to look at stuff like that and sleep tonight.  But in all honesty that pushed the limits.  I would not recommend viewing it.  Sort of, don't try this at home.

    Once someone from outside the industry met me for lunch on a day I was working on a particularly gory shot from Interview With the Vampire.  They looked at my screen and grimaced and said "how can you possibly look at that all day?"  It had not even occurred to me.  It was just pixels on a screen.  That video was so well produced you could almost convince yourself what you were seeing was effects.  Almost.  I have seen dozens of people burned alive just as realistically on film.  There was even one on my old demo reel.

    Anyway, if you are judging me, consider that.


    Thanks for the headsup (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Jack203 on Wed Feb 04, 2015 at 09:46:56 PM EST
    I won't watch.

    Not judging but I truly don't understand how you (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by vml68 on Thu Feb 05, 2015 at 12:38:26 AM EST
    could watch it. I can't even watch violence when it is make believe. Never in a million years would I even consider watching it if it was real.

    Oh I don't have any problems with you.. (none / 0) (#16)
    by desertswine on Wed Feb 04, 2015 at 11:56:35 PM EST
    watching the video.  I'm just saying that I can't do it.  I'm a permanent resident of Edge City as it is.

    They were apparently (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Feb 03, 2015 at 09:41:21 PM EST
    trying to trade her and two others for the pilot.  The others probably won't be far behind.  

    Sorry (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Feb 03, 2015 at 09:43:28 PM EST
    Should have clicked the link first.  Looks like it already happened.

    And some news outlets over here... (none / 0) (#3)
    by gbrbsb on Tue Feb 03, 2015 at 10:53:06 PM EST
    ... are reporting that the "earth shaking" response promised by Jordan, extended to six which if true ups the tit for tat ante considerably and cannot, imo, bode well for our troubled world, even if the executed had already been sentenced to death by the Jordanian courts.

    I should have checked before posting too... (none / 0) (#4)
    by gbrbsb on Tue Feb 03, 2015 at 11:38:19 PM EST
    ... as it appears Sky and the Daily Mail have pulled "6" and gone with 2.

    A throw back in time (none / 0) (#5)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Wed Feb 04, 2015 at 12:03:42 AM EST
    In the video they also target other Jordanian pilo (none / 0) (#6)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Feb 04, 2015 at 12:04:11 PM EST
    They have photos, supposedly names, they use Google Earth to indicate where they think the pilots live, and they make an offer of a 100 pieces of gold to anyone who kills one the shown pilots.

    I think they've just declared war against Jordan.  And I think they're about to get it.

    I think you are right (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Feb 04, 2015 at 01:22:30 PM EST
    The father of a Jordanian fighter pilot called on the government Wednesday to avenge his son's murder by the Islamic State and for the U.S.-led coalition to "eradicate this criminal organization."

    His plea came after Jordan executed al-Qaeda-linked Iraqi prisoners Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli before dawn Wednesday, hours after the extremists released a gruesome video that purportedly showed pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, 26, being burned alive in a cage.

    "I ask that this should not end with Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad Karbouli," Safi al-Kaseasbeh, the pilot's father, said in an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel. "I expect the government to seek revenge, severe revenge for the blood of (Muath) against this horrid organization, this criminal organization, this organization that is far from Islam and the spirit of Islam,"

    The guy is not a nobody.  He is a tribal leader.