AII, Jordan (AP) -- The father of the Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group has appealed to the militants to treat his son well.
The pilot, 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh, was taken captive on Dec. 24 after his F-16 fighter jet crashed near the extremists' de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria.
The 26-year-old Jordanian is the first foreign military pilot to fall into the Islamic State group's hands since U.S.-led international coalition began its aerial campaign against the militants in September.
The pilot's father, Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh, said Saturday that he is "confident" that his son is "in safe hands in a place where he is respected."
He appealed to the extremists to treat his son "in a good way, and to treat him as a guest."