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Deadline Passes Again, No Prisoner Swap

The new deadline for Jordan to turn over prisoner was sunset, Mosul time -- an hour or so ago. It looks like negotiations failed, because ISIS was only willing to release Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, in exchange for the Jordanian prisoner, Sajida al-Rishawi, and not Moath Al Kasasbeh, Jordan's pilot. Jordan says the prisoner has not left the jail and it has not received proof Kasabeh is alive.

This is Japanese hostage Kenji Goto's last message (audio.)[More...]

Jordan issued an official statement saying it would transfer prisoner al-Rishawi only for the pilot. The statement made no mention of Kenji Goto.

An ISIS fighter on Twitter says negotiations were not conducted with ISIS directly, but through the middleman who is holding Kenji.

For those curious. Japan/Jordan will not directly speak with us. So we are using a middle man who is currently holding Kenji Goto.

The media is assembled at the Tal Ahad border.

And here, in Jordan:

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    With the proper assurances....OK. (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jim in St Louis on Thu Jan 29, 2015 at 11:03:49 AM EST
    What does ISIL want with her?  The fact that they are demanding her release is just another example of how nutty  this JV team is.

    It seems generally agreed she is a low-value prisoner, she is not a leader or a tactical strategist, not an expert bomb builder or any other skill. She has no value as a propaganda or recruiting star.   A failed suicide bomber.

     If the Jordanians can get their pilot back then I'd say go for it.  


    If there was ever a cause (none / 0) (#2)
    by Chuck0 on Thu Jan 29, 2015 at 11:49:05 AM EST
    for a true coalition, these guys (ISIL) are it. Why can't a colossal military force of all the nations so far impacted by these nuts go in and just wipe them out once and for all.

    Once in awhile in the course of history, there is good reason to go to war and kill people. Hitler was one. And yes, I'm comparing ISIL to Hitler. Hitler was batsheet crazy and so are these folks. Hitler and his ilk and followers needed to be dispatched from the living and so does ISIL and it's followers/minions.

    Now, I also truly believe that ISIL is the result of GWB's colossal stupidity in invading Iraq. Bush and Cheney caused ISIL and they should pay for that. But that's spilled milk. Now the world needs to face the music and clean up their mess.

    Hard sell here... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jim in St Louis on Thu Jan 29, 2015 at 12:59:37 PM EST
    to pin this one all on Bush and co.
      For all his idiocies and mistakes, Bush did articulate a vision that was totally different from the way terror had been fought for the 50 years previously.  The idea of `we fight them here in Iraq so we don't have to fight them at home'.   Bold concept- we choose the battlefield and the time, they provide the corpses.   And going by kills, I think Bush has (partially at least ) redeemed himself.  But I can understand that you may not feel that way.    It is a disapointment to me to see the USA policy going backwards and we are treating terrorists more as a law enforcement issue seems the wrong tack.

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    Bush did not invade Iraq (none / 0) (#4)
    by Chuck0 on Thu Jan 29, 2015 at 01:40:57 PM EST
    to fight 'turrists'. If you believe that, you haven't been paying attention.

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    Yeah... (none / 0) (#5)
    by lentinel on Thu Jan 29, 2015 at 01:56:25 PM EST
    "Wipe them out"?... and if anybody, civilians and the rest of those collateral-damagees get in the way, wipe them out too?

    The colossal military force you are speculating about can't exist because, obviously, there is no unanimity in the region about confronting ISISISILIS. You should ask them why.

    You might also inquire why the current occupant in the White House is so reluctant to have Bush the Painter and Cheney the Vampire pay for anything. He just thanks them for their service.


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