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Protests in Jordan following death of pilot


 Violent protests have broken out in the home village of the Jordanian pilot who has been killed by his Islamic State captors.

   The protests erupted after a video was released online, purportedly showing the pilot being burned to death.

   Jordan is threatening a harsh response to the killing of Lt. Muath Al-Kaseasbeh (moo-AHTH' ahl-kah-SAHS'-bay). He was the only pilot from the U.S.-led coalition to have been captured to date.

   A government office was set on fire amid protests in the pilot's home village. Witnesses say the situation is tense, and riot police are patrolling the streets. At a tribal meeting place where the pilot's relatives waited for weeks for word on his fate, family members wept on receiving the news.

   The video appeared aimed at pressuring Jordan to leave the coalition that has been battling the Islamic State group. Jordan's king, a close Western ally, has portrayed the campaign as a battle over values. But the airstrikes against fellow Muslims are not popular in Jordan.

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