Today, we join the people of Jordan in grieving the loss of First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh, cruelly and brutally killed by ISIL terrorists. On behalf of the American people, President Barack Obama extended his condolences to First Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh's family and loved ones, to the men and women of the Jordan Armed Forces, and to King Abdullah II and the people of Jordan. President Obama said:
"Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh will forever personify the bravery of a true son of Jordan, one who honored his family and country by his seven years of military service. Along with his compatriots and other Arab and international members of the coalition, Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh was in the vanguard of the effort to degrade and defeat the threat posed by ISIL.
"Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh’s dedication, courage, and service to his country and family represent universal human values that stand in opposition to the cowardice and depravity of ISIL, which has been so broadly rejected around the globe."
Secretary of State John also offered condolences, saying, "Jordanian First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh represented everything that ISIL is not: he was brave, compassionate, and principled. That a young patriot -- a devout Muslim, one of eight children, just months into married life, with the hopes of his own family in front of him -- would be ISIL’s latest victim reminds us all of the evil of this enemy."
Secretary Kerry continued, "...Jordanians have demonstrated extraordinary compassion by opening their borders to the flow of refugees precipitated by the violence in Syria and Iraq.
"That he was murdered after his father’s plea for compassion reminds all the world that this foe has no agenda other than to kill and destroy, and places no value on life, including that of fellow Muslims. The brave actions of Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh and other coalition pilots like him -- which have been eroding ISIL's control over territory, and halting its advance demonstrate yet again that ISIL's claims of invincibility are unfounded.