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Jordan's King Abdullah pledges 'relentless war' against ISIL militants

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By Euronews
Jordan's King Abdullah pledges 'relentless war' against ISIL militants

Demands for revenge against ISIL militants have replaced the criticism levelled at King Abdullah, in response to the brutal killing of a captured Jordanian pilot.

It comes one day after the Islamist group posted a video online purportedly showing Moaz al-Kasasbeh being burnt alive.

The king said “the blood of the martyr Moaz will not be shed in vain” as he pledged a relentless war against the insurgents during a security meeting in Amman.

Kasasbeh was the first member from the US-led coalition known to have been captured and killed by the insurgents.

Unable to bury the fallen pilot, his family held a ceremony in his memory in his home village near Karak where hundreds gathered to pay their condolences.

Jordan is part of the US-led coalition against ISIL and had promised an “earth shaking response” to the killing. However, the government has yet to detail their plans.