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Monday, February 2, 2015, Magh 20, 1421, Robi-Us-Sani 11, 1436 Hijr

Jordan vows to do 'everything' to save life of IS-held pilot
Published : Monday, 2 February, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 49

AMMAN, Feb 1 : Jordan vowed on Sunday to do all it could to save an airman held by the Islamic State group after the jihadists killed a Japanese journalist they had been holding.
The kingdom "will do everything it can to save the life and secure the release of its pilot," Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who was captured by the jihadists after his plane crashed in Syria in December, government spokesman Mohammed al-Momeni told the official Petra news agency.
IS has been demanding the release of a convicted Iraqi jihadist on death row in Jordan in exchange for Kassasbeh's life, a demand the government has expressed readiness to accept provided it is given proof he is still alive.
"All state organisations have been mobilised to secure the proof of life that we require so that he can be freed and returned to his home," Momeni said.     He condemned the jihadists' murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto after days of intensive efforts through intermediaries to save him.     ?AFP

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