Jan 30, 2015

Deadline passes; Jordan still holds prisoner, no word on Goto

Jordanian information minister Mohammad Momani said Thursday night that Jordan is still holding Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi convicted would-be suicide bomber, after an apparent deadline by the Islamic State group passed. Speaking to reporters by phone, Momani also said that he has no information ...

Jan 29, 2015

Jordan arrests website pair over hostage swap rumors

Two managers of a Jordanian website have been arrested for spreading rumors that an Iraqi jihadi had been freed in exchange for a Japanese hostage, a judicial source said Thursday. The owner of the Saraya News site, Hashim al-Khalidi, and editor-in-chief Seif Obeidat could ...

Secret talks underway, but obstacles to hostage deal abound

Jan 28, 2015

Secret talks underway, but obstacles to hostage deal abound

Secret talks were underway Tuesday in Jordan in the presence of a Japanese envoy to secure the freedom of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State extremists and purportedly threatened with death within 24 hours. The global efforts to free ...

Islamic State may be seeking two-for-two deal in hostage crisis

Jan 27, 2015

Islamic State may be seeking two-for-two deal in hostage crisis

As Japanese diplomats worked to secure the release of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, who is being held hostage by the extremist Islamic State group, reports emerged that the militants may be pushing for a two-for-two prisoner exchange. Reports in domestic media and in the ...