A trail of flames is then lit around him, and eventually he is burned too.
Throughout, he stands erect and apparently defiant.
The Jordanian authorities, working on the assumption that the photographs were real, informed his family of his death this afternoon.
They had repeatedly asked for proof of life before going ahead with the swap for the suicide bomber, Sajida al-Rishawi, whom the jihadis were demanding in exchange for the Japanese journalist they killed last week, Kenji Goto.
That proof of life was not forthcoming.
An anti-Isil campaign group working under cover in Raqqa said it had the reason for that, drawing attention to rumours it reported on January 8 that Lt Kasaesbeh had been killed by being burned to death.
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