Breaking: Jordan Agrees to Prisoner Swap With ISIS – No Word on Japanese Hostage Kenji Goto
The Jordanian government agreed to a prisoner swap with ISIS today. The Jordanians will release female terrorist Sajida al-Rishawi in exchange for the pilot held by ISIS.
Japanese hostage Kenji Goto appeared in a new ISIS video Tuesday.
In the video Kenji says,
“I have only 24 hours to live.”
In the video Goto also warned of the execution of the captured Jordanian pilot.
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Lieutenant Kasasbeh, 27, from Karak Governorate, was captured by Islamic State militants when his plane came down near Raqqa, Syria on December 24.
In December ISIS released video and photos of the Jordanian pilot they reportedly captured after they shot down his plane.
This was the first coalition aircraft shot down by ISIS.
Today the Jordanian government said it would ma
There was no word on Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.
The Independent reported:
The Jordanian authorities have said they are ready to release the Iraqi prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi in exchange for a pilot held hostage by the Isis militant group.
The so-called “Islamic State” group demanded freedom for Al-Rishawi, convicted of taking part in a bomb attack on Jordan that killed more than 60 people in 2005, in a video threatening the life of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.
The Jordanian state news agency, which said Al-Rishawi had been prepared for release, made no mention of Goto in its report.
Japan’s deputy foreign minister gave a press conference in Amman, Jordan, earlier today, but said there was nothing new to report on the possibility of a prisoner exchange.
It comes after Goto’s mother Junko Ishito issued an emotional plea to prime minister Shinzo Abe to “please save Kenji”.
On Tuesday, an audio message released by Isis threatened to kill Goto and the Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh unless a prisoner swap was carried out within 24 hours.