Earlier this month, the Inquisitr reported on the latest threat by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) pertaining to two Japanese hostages. Japan was given the allocated time of 72 hours to respond to the terrorist organization’s demand for $200 million. However, Japan’s time did run out, resulting in the execution of one of the hostages, an act that has the victim’s father hoping deep in his heart that it isn’t true. Yet, experts say the execution was faked, in which the video was filmed indoors with a false backdrop.
Nevertheless, ISIS has moved on, providing a new threatening video. In it, they claim they will execute both a Japanese and Jordanian hostage within 24 hours if their demands aren’t met.
According to an article by Fox News, it reports that an online video purportedly shows an ISIS insurgent with a Japanese freelance reporter, Kenji Goto, and a captured Jordanian pilot, Moath al-Kasassbeh. The ISIS insurgent demands that Sajida al-Rishawa, an Iraqi woman who is sentenced to death in Jordan for her involvement in a 2005 terror attack that killed 60 people, be released within 24 hours or the two hostages will be executed. At this moment, it is unclear if ISIS is also demanding a ransom, as well.
This new threat comes right off the heels of a flurry of videos ISIS has made, be they either demands or threats. Along with the aforementioned $200 million ransom video for the two Japanese hostages, in which one now remains and was featured in this video, ISIS released a grisly video of a Kurdish fighter’s decapitation, followed by a masked ISIS insurgent threatening President Barack Obama, in which he said the following.
“Know, oh, Obama, that we will reach America. Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House, and transform America into a Muslim province.”
In another article by Daily Mail, it reports that Kenji Goto was captured last year when he entered Syria in search for Haruna Yukawa, the other Japanese journalist ISIS claims they have executed. As for Moath al-Kasassbeh, he was captured when his fighter jet was shot down by anti-air guns. Moath was partaking in an airstrike in coalition with the United States.
Presently, there is no news on what Japan and/or Jordan has decided to do. However, a Japanese envoy is now located in Jordan, along with Yasuhide Nakayama, the deputy foreign minister of Japan. Nakayama expressed hope that the two hostages will soon be freed.
“I hope we can all firmly work hard and join hands to cooperate, and for the two countries (Japan and Jordan) to cooperate, in order for us to see the day when the Jordanian pilot and our Japanese national Mr. Goto, can both safely return to their own countries with a smile on their faces.”
This news is on-going. The Inquisitr will report any new information pertaining to this situation as it becomes available.