Jordan condemns killing of Goto, vows to free captured pilot

Feb 1, 2015

Jordan condemns killing of Goto, vows to free captured pilot

Jordan strongly condemned on Sunday the killing of a second Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group and said the militants had rejected all efforts made by the kingdom to release him. Islamic State militants released a video Saturday that purported to show the ...

Feb 1, 2015

A time line of the hostage crisis

The following is a chronology of major events related to the Islamic State hostage crisis. July 28, 2014: Self-styled security contractor Haruna Yukawa enters Syria from Turkey by land. Aug. 8: The United States begins airstrikes against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. Aug. ...

Shock, sadness mark reactions to Goto slaying

Feb 1, 2015

Shock, sadness mark reactions to Goto slaying

News of a video purportedly showing the execution of journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants spread across the country early Sunday. Here are some of the reactions expressed by ordinary people in a nation that has long held pacifist views: “It could have ...

White House grapples with fraught terrorism language

Feb 1, 2015

White House grapples with fraught terrorism language

by Julie Pace

Twice this past month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism. In the days after a deadly terrorist spree in Paris, President Barack Obama was criticized for purposely avoiding calling the attacks an example of “Islamic extremism,” settling ...

World leaders unite in condemning 'heinous' killing of Goto

Feb 1, 2015

World leaders unite in condemning 'heinous' killing of Goto

World leaders condemned the killing of a Japanese hostage after the Islamic State group released a video purportedly showing his beheading. “The United States condemns the heinous murder of Japanese citizen and journalist Kenji Goto by the terrorist group ISIL,” U.S. President Barack Obama ...

Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

Feb 1, 2015

Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again. In a video released by the pro-Islamic State Aamaq News Agency late Friday, two fighters ...

| Jan 31, 2015

Diplomatic blundering on hostages and history

by Jeff Kingston

Japan’s latest hostage crisis has exposed shortcomings in Japan’s public diplomacy and raises questions about the advice Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received in publicly announcing $200 million in humanitarian aid to help those displaced by conflict with the Islamic State group. Understandably, the prime ...