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Islamic State Gives Wednesday Deadline for Lives of Two Hostages

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 12:38 AM

(Bloomberg) -- Islamic State threatened to kill a captured Jordanian pilot and a Japanese war reporter within hours if Jordan doesn’t release a convicted terrorist, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

A video released Tuesday shows a picture of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding a photograph of Moath al-Kasassbeh, an air force pilot captured by the militant group last month. A voice-over by a man purporting to be Goto urged Japan to put pressure on Jordan to complete the exchange. The video did not mention the possibility of releasing the pilot.

In the video, Goto says that Islamic State would kill the men within 24 hours if Jordan didn’t release Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who took part in deadly attacks on hotels in Amman in 2005. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday the government became aware of the video at about 11 p.m. Tokyo time on Tuesday.

“Any more delays by the Jordanian government will mean they’re responsible for the death of their pilot, which will then be followed by mine,” Goto said in English. “I only have 24 hours left to live, and the pilot has even less” should Jordan not release the jailed woman, he said.

“Please don’t leave us to die,” Goto said. “Any more delaying tactics will simply see both of us getting killed. The ball is now in the Jordanians’ court.”

The video was distributed by Islamic State-linked Twitter accounts, according to SITE, a company that studies militant movements.

The video, the third featuring Goto, adds pressure on the governments in both Amman and Tokyo to resolve the crisis. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeatedly said his government would never cave in to terrorists. A deal would involve a public concession to the militant group, potentially straining relations with the U.S., which has pushed allies not to negotiate with terrorists.

Terrorist Demands

Islamic State has demanded that Jordan release al-Rishawi, who is on death row for her part in attacks on three hotels in Amman in 2005 that killed dozens of people. Her husband carried out a suicide bombing at one hotel, while her device failed to explode.

Al-Kasassbeh was captured by Islamic State last month after his plane crashed during a bombing mission against Islamic State over Syria. His cousin urged Jordan to hand al-Rishawi over to the militants.

“We don’t want this deadline to pass without her release,” Hassan al-Kasassbeh said by phone from the city of Karak. “His life is at stake.”

Emergency Meeting

Abe called an emergency cabinet meeting Wednesday morning to discuss the crisis.

He told reporters he was angered by the threat, the situation was “extremely difficult,” and the government would continue to seek cooperation from Jordan to achieve Goto’s release.

On Tuesday, a member of Jordan’s parliament said his country is in indirect talks with Islamic State to secure the men’s release. Negotiations are taking place through religious and tribal leaders in Iraq, Bassam Al-Manaseer, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in Jordan’s lower house of parliament, said in an interview in Amman.

Manaseer said Jordan and Japan won’t negotiate directly with Islamic State and won’t free al-Rishawi in exchange for just Goto.

Islamic State offered to swap Goto for al-Rishawi in a Jan. 24 video that contained images of Haruna Yukawa, a second Japanese hostage purportedly beheaded by the militants. Goto went last year to the region to seek Yukawa’s release.

Yukawa was killed after Japan failed to pay a $200 million initially demanded by the group in a Jan. 20 video that showed Goto and Yukawa kneeling before a knife-wielding militant. Islamic State set the amount of the ransom to match the amount of non-military aid Abe pledged on Jan. 17 to countries affected by the group. Islamic State dropped the ransom demand in the second video when it demanded al-Rishawi’s release.

--With assistance from Maiko Takahashi in Tokyo.

To contact the reporters on this story: Donna Abu-Nasr in Beirut at dabunasr@bloomberg.net; Isabel Reynolds in Tokyo at ireynolds1@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew Davis at abdavis@bloomberg.net Andy Sharp

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