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Tensions Rise As Hostage Negotiations Reach Standstill Between ISIS, Jordan

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Officials in Jordan have given ISIS an ultimatum: offer proof that their captured fighter pilot is alive or have their jailed members put on the fast track for execution.

The Jordanian government warned jailed ISIS operatives that they would be “quickly judged and sentenced” if their fighter pilot was killed, according to the UK Daily Mail.

According to Elijah Magnier, chief international correspondent for Kuwait’s Al Rai newspaper, the message has been passed along to ISIS.

“It warns that if they kill the pilot they will implement the death sentences for Sajida and other ISIS prisoners as soon as possible,” he told reporters.

ISIS has made threats to execute airman Maaz al-Kassasbeh unless the failed suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi was given to them at the Turkish border. In return, the terrorist group offered the return of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

Although the Islamic State terrorist group had set a deadline of sunset on Thursday for the swap to occur, there has yet to be news of a hostage exchange as night descended upon Iraq and Syria.

Jordanian officials have said that they are still awaiting news of their airman’s safety.

Japanese Prime Minister Shnizo Abe told a paramilitary panel recently that every effort was being put forth to help release their captured journalist.

“We are gathering and analyzing information while asking for cooperation from Jordan and other countries, making every effort to free Kenji Goto," he said.

Sources: The UK Daily Mail, The Daily Star


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