Burning death of Jordanian pilot slammed as deviant act by al-Qa’ida – new human rights advocates

Al-Qa’ida Arabian Peninsula senior leader Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi

THE war between Islamic State and al-Qa’ida as the world’s leading jihadist group burst into the open again yesterday as Islamist supporters voiced their conflicting opinions on the burning to death of a Jordanian pilot.

One Twitter account linked to al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula denounced Muath al-Kasaesbeh’s killing as “conclusive proof of Islamic State’s deviance” as others sought to find Koranic justifi­cation for the brutal killing.

Al-Qa’ida’s central command broke ties with Islamic State early last year, in part over its brutal treatment of captives and civilians living under its harsh rule.

Islamic State supporters on ­social media adopted the slogan “Burn Baby, Burn” to crow over the young pilot’s death, casting it as revenge for his combat role…