Skip to comments.Jordan agrees to prisoner swap with ISIS in deal that could free pilot, Japanese journalist
Posted on 01/28/2015 4:44:32 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Jordan has agreed to demands from ISIS that it release a female jihadist held since 2006, in a move that could free a Jordanian pilot captured in Syria last month and possibly a Japanese journalist who pleaded for his life in a video released by the terror group on Tuesday.
Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said in a statement the nation was prepared to free Sajida al-Rishawi, who was convicted of taking part in a deadly hotel bombing, if the Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, is released unharmed. His comments were carried by Jordan's official Petra news agency. Although he made no mention of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, a hostage audio message released by Islamic State a day earlier tied Goto's fate to that of Al-Rishawi, as well.
Al-Rishawi was sentenced to death in Jordan for her involvement in a 2005 terrorist attack by al-Qaida on hotels in Amman that killed 60 people. Jordan is reportedly in indirect talks with the militants through religious and tribal leaders in Iraq to secure the hostages' release.
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I’m guessing that Japan is quietly paying Jordan.
On second thought, it wouldn’t surprise me if we were paying Jordan for the trade.
Jordan better secure their guy before making this swap.
Hello blind shiek
They should agree to an exchange, and then kill everyone who shows up for the ‘exchange’
Keep doing this until the other side realizes what’s happening (which could take a while)
or better yet, show up with a small army and take them all into custody as kidnappers, and repeat as necessary
Anyone get a feeling that the pilot is the son of a prominent family?
In some Arab countries the pilots, particularly for the front-line jets, tend to be from well-to-do families. Thus it is very possible that the pilot is a scion from some prominent family.
Starting to feel that way.
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