ISIS just changed the game again. In the most horrific way.

Warning: This news story deals with graphic subject matter that may be distressing to readers.

The Islamic State has released a sickening video purportedly showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive.

First Lieutenant Maaz al-Kassasbeh.

The video, which was released online appeared to show First Lieutenant Maaz al-Kassasbeh — who was captured when his plane crashed in Syria in December — burning inside a metal cage.

Jordanian state television confirmed the man’s death and said he had been killed on 3 January– before ISIS offered to spare his life and free Japanese journalist Kenji Goto in return for the release of a female Iraqi held in Jordan.

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Jordanian King Abdullah II condemned the attack in a televised appearance. (Photo: Getty Images)

“This [is] cowardly terror by a criminal group that has no relation to Islam … It’s the duty of all citizens to stand together,” Jordan’s King Abdullah said in a televised appearance.

Jordan has also vowed an “earth-shattering” response to avenge his death, the ABC reports.

US president Barack Obama immediately denounced the purported killing as “just one more indication of the viciousness [and] barbarity of this organisation”.

The ABC reports the pilot’s distraught friends and family have since gathered in Amman, Jordan.

Our thoughts are with the family of Maaz al-Kassasbeh.

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