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Immediate Release

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Murder of Jordanian Pilot Lt. Moaz al-Kassasbeh

Feb. 3, 2015

On behalf of the men and women of the United States Department of Defense, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kassasbeh, who was brutally murdered after being taken captive by ISIL terrorists. This horrific, savage killing is yet another example of ISIL's contempt for life itself. The United States and its military stand steadfast alongside our Jordanian friends and partners; Jordan remains a pillar of our global coalition to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, and this act of despicable barbarity only strengthens our shared resolve. We send our thoughts and prayers to Lieutenant al-Kassasbeh's comrades, loved ones, and all Jordanians as we join them in mourning this tragic loss.