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ISIS Threatens Japanese Hostages and Demands Ransom

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ISIS militants released a video purporting to show two Japanese hostages on Tuesday and demanded a $200-million ransom.

Global security firm and NBC News counterterrorism consultant Flashpoint Intelligence said the video appeared to be authentic. It features two handcuffed men in orange garb similar to the jumpsuits worn by Guantanamo Bay detainees kneeling next to a masked jihadi who brandishes a knife.

The militant said they would be executed unless $200 million was paid within 72 hours.

On Saturday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged about $200 million in non-military assistance for countries battling ISIS.

The voiceover on the new video appears to be the work of the notorious “Jihadi John” — a militant with a British accent who is believed to have beheaded Western hostages.

The ISIS video named the two men. However, NBC News was immediately unable confirm their identities.

isisAccording to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, one of the hostages launched what it described as a “civilian military company” in 2014 and is believed to have traveled to Syria.

The other captive has been described as a freelance journalist who has posted reports from Syria on Twitter. His account has not been updated since October 23.

At a news conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Abe demanded that the pair be “released immediately.”

He added: “Despicable terrorism can never be forgiven … The $200 million aid which we recently announced, is to be used for people in the region who lost their homes, or to save refugees. It’s a humanitarian aid to provide food and medicine.”

Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief Cabinet secretary, described ISIS’ threat to kill the hostages as “unforgivable” and said that Tokyo would “cooperate with related nations and do our very best to achieve the release of these Japanese nationals.”

ISIS has followed through on its promises to execute captives in the past. On Nov. 16, it released video showing that it had killed American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig after beheading American journalists James Foleyand Steven Sotloff earlier in the year.

By F. Brinley Bruton

Source:
NBC News

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One comment on “ISIS Threatens Japanese Hostages and Demands Ransom

  1. alakhtal
    January 20, 2015

    I SMELL EITHER TREASON OR SHEAR STOOOPIDITY HERE. ITS 72HRS DILEMMA.
    Transparency Needed. I hope Baghdadi knows what he’s doing. This unprecedented ransom request of Baghdadi is fractional of Japan’s Aid rendered to Warlords committing genocide against Muslims elders, women and children in Syria, Iraq and AFPAK as we speak and yet it’s “HAVES” vs. “HAVE-NOTS” game that troubles me as releasing Yazidis uninvited. Both precedents are very dangerous game changer. You’re the bad guys. Who the fuck cares whether ISIS pardon Japanese, release Yazidis or masturbate on YouTube. The whole world taxed ISIS: “a good Muslim is a dead Muslim”. Deal with it.
    Selling Japan short at $200M is shrewd. Japan is as Saudi they are hydrocarbon common thieves they enjoyed stealing countries commonwealth while the real owners are starved to death. Obama pulled out the rug from under duo feet; sending ‘em to economical abyss. The Feds now use Yakuza to print Japanese Yen outta thin air instead of Bank of Tokyo. Now Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe can go fucck himself in Jerusalem. He’s so desperate to be there.

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