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Image of Muath al-Kasasbeh in the video IS released yesterday.

In December 2014, Lieutenant Muath al-Kasasbeh of the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) was the first officer of the military coalition against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) to be captured by this extremist terrorist group.

From then until yesterday, the pilot’s fate remained a mystery, while the Jordanian government and the international community raced against time to find a way to rescue him.

According to the Telegraph, Muath al-Kasasbeh was born in 1988 in the city of Karak, western Jordan.

Like many members of this family who joined the military, Muath, the eighth child in the family, followed a military career.

After a period of intensive training, Muath became an official pilot in 2012 and served with the number one squadron at Muwaffaq Salti air base, in the east of the country.

Not only a brave air force officer, Muath is also a devout Muslim.

At the end of 2014, Jordan officially joined the US-led military coalition against IS.

Mr. Safi said he objected to his son being chosen to participate in the air strikes, because he believed Jordan should not support attacks on the Sunni Muslim community.

`I do not agree with that. All Jordanians strongly oppose the government’s participation in the coalition,` the father shared.

However, before Muath crashed, this young pilot’s life continued normally.

Portrait of a Jordanian pilot burned alive by the Islamic State

Muath al-Kasasbeh stands next to a Jordanian fighter jet.

At the end of December 2014, al-Kasasbeh’s family received bad news, when the IS branch in Raqqa, Syria, claimed a fighter jet in the US-led airstrike group and captured the pilot, Muath.

Days after the arrest, Dabiq, IS’s English-language magazine, published an interview with Muath in an orange prison jumpsuit.

`I’m proud that my son is a member of the Royal Jordanian Air Force,` said Muath’s mother, Saafia al-Kasasbeh.

And Mr. Safi called on IS to ensure his son’s safety.

After IS released a video showing Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding a photo of Muath, Mr. Safi took to the streets to protest with hundreds of other Jordanians in the capital Amman, to demand that the government take measures to rescue the hostages.

Jawwad al-Kasasbeh, Muath’s brother, tried to evoke the extremists’ pity, by explaining that his younger brother was a pious Muslim.

IS demanded that Jordan release Sajida al-Rishawi, a female suicide bomber detained by the country, as a condition for Muath’s release.

But the negotiations reached a deadlock.

`The brave pilot was killed defending his religion, country and people,` Jordan’s King Abdullah said in a statement.

And in Muath’s hometown, the people of Karak city demanded to avenge him.

Muath’s family also reunited in Karak, but called for calm after anti-government protests broke out.

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