Jordan willing to free Iraqi female jihadist for pilot held by Isis

January 28, 2015 7:03 pm

Jordan says it is willing to free an Iraqi female jihadist from
prison if the Islamic State group releases a Jordanian pilot unharmed.

A combo picture shows Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh (L) and Sajida al-Rishawi (R), a would-be suicide bomber. Photo / AFP
in a video released on Tuesday, threatened to kill airman Maaz
al-Kassasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto unless would-be suicide
bomber Sajida al-Rishawi is freed within 24 hours.
“Jordan is
ready to release the prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi if the Jordanian pilot
is freed unharmed,” Jordanian state television quoted a government
spokesman as saying on Wednesday.
“From the start, the position of Jordan was to ensure the safety of our son, the pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh,” it added.
It made no mention of Goto.
The Japanese government says it believes the IS deadline expires around 1400 GMT on Wednesday (3am NZ time today).

Tokyo has been urgently seeking Jordan’s help since an IS
video released at the weekend said another Japanese hostage, Haruna
Yukawa, had been beheaded.
has sent Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama to Amman to head an emergency response team.
Rishawi has been on death row since 2006 for her part in triple hotel bombings in Amman that killed 60 people.
Kassasbeh was captured on December 24 after his F-16 jet crashed while on a mission against the jihadists over northern Syria.
officials have noted that while the IS video threatened Kassasbeh’s
life, it only mentioned freeing Goto in exchange for Rishawi.
is among a number of Arab and Western countries that have joined US-led
air raids against IS, which has seized large areas in Syria and

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