Jordan pilot’s wife has not seen grisly video

Anwar Tarawneh, the wife of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kassasbeh, sheds a tear during a rally Feb. 3, 2015. (AFP)

The wife of the Jordanian pilot who was burned alive by ISIS in January stated in an interview that she was hopeful he would return until news of his death reached her via Facebook.

Anwar Tarawneh could not believe the news of her husband’s brutal death, she told The Independent in an interview published Thursday.

Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh was in the hands of the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group, after being shot down while flying an F-16 over Syria on Dec. 24.

There were negotiations between the government of Jordan and ISIS to swap the pilot for al-Qaeda would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi.

However, ISIS this week released a video of al-Kasasbeh being burned alive, stating that he was killed on January 3.

His wife, who married the pilot in July, was at a sit-in protest at a university in Amman for her husband when she took a call from her mother and then accessed Facebook only to see the news that her husband had been killed.

“It was only when I opened Facebook on my phone that I saw the post, ‘Rest in peace, Moaz,’” Tarawneh told The Independent.

Tarawneh, who says she has not watched the grisly video, collapsed shortly after hearing the news and was admitted to hospital.

She added that her husband did not feel comfortable flying on the ill-fated day.

“He had hoped there would be fog, so he wouldn’t have to fly,” she said, sitting in her late husband’s ancestral home, near the town of Karak.

She added: “He had the feeling something would go wrong.

“It was strange, he had never said that before.”

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