ISIS Sets New Deadline for Hostage Trade

ISIS Sets New Deadline for Hostage Trade
Thu Jan 29, 2015 08:14:49

A video posted online by the ISIS on Wednesday purportedly shows a Japanese hostage arranging a prisoner swap with Jordan by sunset Thursday,UPI reports.

Jordan has agreed to exchange an Iraqi woman, Sajida al-Rishawi, on death row for a Jordanian military pilot, Lt. Moaz al-Kaseasbeh, who was captured by the ISIS.

The video appears to depict Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, saying that if al-Rishawi "is not ready for exchange for my life at the Turkish border by Thursday sunset," then al-Kaseasbeh "will be killed immediately."

The video refers to sunset in Mosul, Iraq, which is about mid-morning Eastern time.

Al-Rishawi is an al-Qaida operative who was sentenced to death for her involvement in an attack in Jordan that killed 60 people in 2005. She is to be traded for al-Kasasbeh who was shot down and captured in Syria late last year.

"Jordan is ready to release prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi if the Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh was released and his life spared," Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said.

There was no mention by al-Momani of Goto.

A video released Tuesday by the ISIS warned that Goto and al-Kasasbeh will be executed if Jordan failed to exchange al-Rishawi.

"I only have 24 hours to live... Please don't leave us to die," Goto aid in Tuesday's video. "The ball is now in the Jordanians' court."

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