Washington, D.C. – In a video statement, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today expressed his condolences to King Abdullah II of Jordan regarding the execution of a Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Rubio issued the following statement.:
“The horrific murder of a Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is just the latest sign of the brutality of this group. Lieutenant Moaz al-Kassasbeh was honorably serving his country when his plane went down in ISIL-controlled territory. He was helping to lay the groundwork for the eventual liberation of Syrians and Iraqis from ISIL’s rule and he was admirably defending the security of the Kingdom of Jordan and his fellow Jordanians. The United States has a close partnership with Jordan and terrible acts like these will only bring us closer together in our effort to destroy ISIL and work toward a Middle East that offers hope and progress to the people of the region rather than the hatred and vitriol of these barbarians.
“The United States also shares a close and enduring relationship with Japan. That is why I was so saddened by the deaths of Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa in recent weeks. As Americans have witnessed through our own citizens who have lost their lives, ISIL’s cruelty knows no bounds. As Floridians, we experienced the loss of one of our own, Steven Sotloff, early in this conflict last year. We share the pain of families in mourning in Jordan and Japan, across continents and cultures. In their deaths, we gain greater resolve to defeat our common foe once and for all and repudiate the hateful ideology that ISIL is attempting to spread.
“My thoughts and prayers are with our friends in Jordan and Japan during this time as they mourn the deaths of their countrymen.”