Nearly a week after beheading Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa, the Islamic State has released a new video purportedly showing the killing of freelance journalist Kenji Goto” and threatened to carry out carnage whenever Japanese are found, saying, “Let the nightmare begin”.
Japan` deputy foreign minister has said negotiations with the Islamic State group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become "deadlocked," local media reported on Saturday.
Jordan`s army said on Friday state agencies were working to get information on an air force pilot held by Islamic State militants, after a deadline passed for a proposed prisoner swap, but offered no new word on his fate.
Jordan said on Thursday it was still holding an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber as a deadline passed for her release set by Islamic State militants who threatened to kill a Jordanian pilot unless she was handed over by sunset.
The wife of a Japanese journalist thought to be held by Islamic State insurgents in Syria urged the Japanese and Jordanian governments to work for his release shortly before a deadline set by his captors expired.
Differentiating between Afghanistan Taliban and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the White House has said that while the ISIS comes under the ambit of a terrorist organistaion, the Taliban does not and has instead referred to it as an “armed insurgency”.
In a new audio message released by the Islamic State, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto said that the extremists will kill the captured Jordanian pilot if Amman doesn't release an Iraqi al Qaeda female bomber by sunset on Thursday.
Jordan offered Wednesday to exchange a female jihadist for a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State group, whose deadline for executing the airman and a Japanese journalist is thought to have passed.
A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as questions rose on Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis.