‘Death to ISIS’: Thousands march in Jordan calling to avenge pilot’s slaughter

Muslims perform Friday prayers along a street outside al-Husainy mosque before a march in downtown Amman February 6, 2015. (Reuters/Muhammad Hamed)
Thousands of Jordanians marched through the streets of Amman on Friday, joined by Queen Rania, calling on King Abdullah II to exact revenge on Islamic State in return for the killing of pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh.

Crowds gathered near Amman’s main Husseini mosque for a mass prayer, then continued marching to city hall. The crowd chanted “We are all Mouath…we are all Jordan,” as well as “Death to Daesh” – an derogatory Arabic acronym for the terror group.

Queen Rania marched along with the protesters carrying a picture of a-Kasaesbeh.

“Mouath died standing for his country and faith, defending our common humanity. We are united in our grief and pride in our brave martyr,” she told Reuters in a statement. “Jordan is united in its resolve to confront this ideology of terror and ultra-violence.”

Jordan's Queen Rania holds a picture of recently executed Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh, with the words in Arabic reading "Muath is a martyr of right", during a march after Friday prayers in Amman February 6, 2015. (Reuters/Petra News Agency)

People raised banners which read,“Yes to punishment. Yes to the eradication of terrorism.”

The outpouring of public anger comes three days after the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) released a video appearing to show masked extremists burning a caged al-Kasaesbeh to death. Jordan had been tentatively negotiating the pilot’s release in a prisoner exchange with the jihadists, however after his brutal murder, Jordanian authorities responded by promptly executing two terrorists held in the country.

Friday marked the second consecutive day of Jordanian airstrikes against IS strongholds, weapons bases and hideouts in Syria. "Sorties of air force fighters executed several air strikes against select targets of the Daesh gang," state television announced.

Without specifying the details of the military plans, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told CNN on Thursday that his country would “up the ante” on ISIS and go after the militants “with everything we have.”

Protesters dressed in Jordanian flag perform Friday prayers along a street outside al-Husainy mosque before a march in downtown Amman February 6, 2015. (Reuters/Muhammad Hamed)

King Abdullah II visited al- Kasaesbeh’s family to pay his respects on Thursday. The pilot’s family urged the king to destroy the jihadists.

Clerics throughout Jordan spoke out against the hardline militants as un-Islamic and said that its barbaric tactics will turn many away from the group.