Updated: IS Japanese Hostages Possibly Executed – Latest information as at 31 Jan 15 – 2200 GMT
The so called Islamic state has released a beheading video of Kenji Goto the Japanese journalist held by the IS and used as a negotiating pawn for the release of Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, reports Philip Ingram.
Al-Rishawi is an Iraqi woman suspected of being a failed suicide bomber from the Amman hotel attacks which killed 57 people in November 2005 when her husband’s suicide belt detonated but hers failed. She is believed to be the sister of a key aide to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a founder of al-Qaeda who were the forerunners of the IS.
The negotiation between Japan and the IS have been through Jordanian intermediaries. After the last video released by IS linking the release of al-Rishawi to the freeing of Kenji Goto and the saving of the life of First Lieutenant Maaz al-Kassasbeh of the Jordanian Airforce, the F16 pilot who crashed and was captured by the IS in December 2014.
Throughout today the IS have released videos of the beheadings of a Jordanian Intelligence officer and Kurdish fighters.
In this latest video a man speaking with an english accent, believed to be Jihadi John carried out the barbaric act in a vide titled “A message to the Government of Japan”. There is no information regarding the fate of First Lieutenant Maaz al-Kassasbeh.
The barbarism of the IS is something the countries trying to defeat them need to sit up and listen to. Apart from Hitler who tried unsuccessfully to exterminate a whole race, we have not seen a level of inhumane barbarism like we see from the IS. This threat can not be ignored or can be successfully dealt with through mere bombing raids.
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