Questions surround veracity of video claiming execution of Yukawa

Jan 25, 2015

Questions surround veracity of video claiming execution of Yukawa

The release and subsequent deletion of a new online video claiming that a Japanese hostage had been executed by militants of the Islamic State group has raised eyebrows, with some questioning the veracity of the recording. Japanese government officials said they had not confirmed ...

Jan 24, 2015

First U.S. troops head to Middle East to train Syrian opposition

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the first group of about 100 U.S. troops to head to the Middle East in the next few days to establish training sites for Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said on Friday. Adm. John ...

Jan 23, 2015

Partial list of Japanese hostage crises

The deadline set by Islamic militants threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom passed Friday with no news of their fate. Here are some key hostage crises that have embroiled Japanese nationals abroad in the past. September 1977: ...

Hostages in limbo as deadline passes

Jan 23, 2015

Hostages in limbo as deadline passes

by Reiji Yoshida

The presumed 72-hour deadline for paying the exorbitant ransom demanded by the Islamic State group apparently expired at 2:50 p.m. Friday without any hint about what would happen to the two Japanese hostages in its grasp. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the No. 2 ...

Kerry: Iraq coalition has killed 50% of Islamic State leaders

Jan 23, 2015

Kerry: Iraq coalition has killed 50% of Islamic State leaders

Iraq and its allies have made significant gains in battling Islamic State militants, killing thousands of fighters and 50 percent of the group’s top commanders, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday as an international coalition promised stronger efforts to stop the group ...