Jordan had been making efforts to free the pilot in a prisoner swap. The Hashemite Kingdom said on Sunday it was still ready to hand over a jailed Iraqi militant to Islamic State in a swap deal if the captured Jordanian pilot was released, even after a second Japanese hostage was beheaded by the hardline group.
Jordan’s security and military agencies were making constant checks to see whether the pilot, Muath al-Kasaesbeh, was still alive, government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said.
Kasaesbeh was captured in December after his F-16 fighter jet crashed in territory controlled by the militants in Syria.
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