New Video Says ISIS Hostages Have 24 Hours to Live

Voice claiming to be Kenji Goto calls for Iraqi prisoner's release
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2015 1:01 PM CST
New Video Says ISIS Hostages Have 24 Hours to Live
This still image taken from a video posted Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, shows a still photo of Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh.   (AP Photo)

A new video message claiming to be from ISIS says that two hostages have 24 hours or less to live unless an Iraqi prisoner is released from Jordan, USA Today reports. The video, posted today, features a still image of hostage Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist, as the voice of a man claiming to be Goto delivers the message, the Japan Times reports. "I’ve been told this is my last message, and I’ve also been told that the barrier (to) extracting my freedom is now just the Jordanian government delaying the handover of Sajida," the man says. Sajida al-Rishawi is the name of the prisoner in Jordan, who has been sentenced to death in connection with a 2005 terrorist attack.

"Tell the Japanese government to put all their political pressure on Jordan. Time is now running very short. It is me for her," the message says. "Any more delays by the Jordanian government will mean they’re responsible for the death of their pilot, which will then be followed by mine." That pilot is the other hostage ISIS is threatening with imminent death: Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh, a Jordanian pilot captured when his plane crashed in Raqqa, Syria, last month. Japanese leaders have met to determine whether the new video is authentic, Reuters reports. It doesn't feature ISIS' usual media logo, but a number of the group's affiliated websites have linked to it, USA Today notes. A second Japanese hostage, Haruna Yukawa, was reportedly killed this week. (More ISIS stories.)

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