Burning of pilot galvanized anti-Islamic State coalition: U.S. official

February 8, 2015 5:47 PM

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Burning of pilot galvanized anti-Islamic State coalition: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State's execution of a captured Jordanian pilot by burning him alive has backfired on the militant group by galvanizing the U.S.-led coalition that is fighting it in Syria and Iraq, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday.

Retired General John Allen, the U.S. special envoy for building a coalition against Islamic State, told ABC's "This Week" program that the video released last week showing the pilot's death was "a very important moment for our Arab allies within the coalition" and would create "additional unity."

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