ISIS knew burning Jordanian pilot alive would spark backlash in Islamic world – so prepared a list of justifications beforehand

Even by the sick standards of the Islamic State – whose fighters have tortured, beheaded, executed, crucified and stoned its victims – yesterday’s brutal execution of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh plunged to new depths.

The shocking video, released yesterday afternoon, shows the captured airman trapped in a cage, being engulfed by a trail of flames, in gruesome footage which sent shockwaves around the globe.

And it appears the ISIS PR machine was well-aware of the stir the execution footage would cause, even before the disturbing images were circulated online.

Here’s the ISIS fatwa on burning Infidels