Japan says hostage negotiations deadlocked


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It's the IS's move now and Japan and Jordan are waiting. But the IS hasn't made any move yet. It seems they don't really know what they actually want.

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After getting a bloody nose in Kobane, ISIS is looking for good propaganda material, and thus they are milking this opportunity as much as possible.

For ISIS the current situation, where Japan puts pressure on the Jordanians to release the Jihadi woman is just perfect.... it puts ISIS in the catbirds seat while Japan and Jordan go at each other and the Jordanian king faces huge domestic pressure. They would like this to continue as long as possible.

Nobody knows what the end game is, but if Abe makes a separate deal with ISIS to free Goto for a huge ransom, while the pilot gets murdered, it would leave ISIS celebrating and the Jordanian government in huge trouble. I hope that that is not what we heading for.

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“It has become deadlocked,” he said, according to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. “Staying vigilant, we will continue analysing and examining information as the government is making concerted efforts together.”

Deadlocked? This is a life and death issue and not negotiating terms of next years contracts. Probably a mis-translation here.

The absence of information does not mean nor imply deadlocked. If IS can not produce the pilot alive, they have no bargaining chips left to save the woman's life. The ball is in IS's court and they decided to take a time-out.

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I guess this is better than it being a "dead" issue. As long as this drags out, the better the chance he comes out of this alive.

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How about a coalition of the willing give an ultimatum to IS: Free Kassasbeh and Goto unconditionally within 5 days or face an all-out military assault?

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The reason for the deadlock is because that Jordan has requested evidence of proof of life in order to continue with the negotiations. ISIS has repeatedly ignored this and has instead threatened to kill both hostages if they don't follow their demands. Jordan therefore responded that they will execute all prisoners related to ISIS if they kill the Jordanian hostage, so the ball is now on ISIS court.

Depending on what they do, Jordan will respond accordingly.

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The pilot is ,sadly, probably long, long departed. Jordan has called ISISs bluff. They don't trust them. Would anyone?

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sidesmile is probably correct, and if anyone has noticed, Goto-san has not been seen on video since as well.

the audio tape will never be able to confirmed proof of life either

i am afraid there will be a few more attempts to get a release on faith, but not on substance, and failing that isis will just fade away not mentioning the two again

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Power is the control over strategic uncertainty. Right now, ISIS controls the fate of the Japanese journalist and the Jordanian pilot. The woman jihadist is minor change, which is why ISIS can play cheaply. This is a bad state of affairs, and it represents how ruthless ISIS is and how much the civilized forces here need to eradicate ISIS even if this is a protracted task.

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Why do we even call this so-called group IS or ISIS or ISIL? It would be better just to refer to them as 'The Crazy Group' or TCG. Imagine the fuss if there was a group made up of people from various countries called 'Christian State'. Naming them gives them a kind of credibility.

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Here in Canada some people think we're a target because our country is helping USA, but we have a good exemple that even if you're part of the coalition (Japan) you can be targeted too.

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You've got to wonder about their negotiating skills. Israel gives over up to 1000 terrorists for return of one soldier, and Japan and Jordan are only offering a half-interest in one terrorist for each of their two hostages. ISIS can't be that unaware of the prevailing market values.

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Salam An Iranian mother has written a letter to sympathize with the mother of the Japanese freelance journalist, Kenji Goto Jogo, held captive by ISIL militants, saying the terrorist group’s policies have nothing to do with Islam... “Those who have held Kenji Goto Jogo and killed his friend are not Muslims despite their claims, and their bestial behavior is not compatible with Islamic tenets at all,” she noted...

Talqani (Iranian mother) concluded her letter by wishing for the release of Kenji’s son

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Too late. ISIS just released a tape showing the beheading of Mr. Goto.

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Already dead. No more need for negotiations.

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Sadly there is a breaking news alert on Yahoo news. These pigs just posted a video of him being killed.

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Evening, my message and suggestion might have come a few days too late, never the less I shall pose my question.

I've been closely following the Japanese journalist hostage situation via NHK World News. My take on the matter explains how the so called "deadlocked" could have been alleviated and the situation could have turned for the better.

My theory is based on the English terminology; Tit-for-tat ("equivalent retaliation")

Picking up from the point where the Japanese foreign minister said "hostage negotiations has become deadlocked" (Jan. 31, 2015)

What I fail to understand is that all three parties involved in the situation (Japan, Jordan, IS) were on equal playing ground. All of which had a bargaining chip (apology for using this term).

Both Japan and Jordan requested the safe return of Hostage Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and airman Maaz al-Kassasbeh. IS on the other hand requested the safe return of Iraqi female jihadist Rishawi. All three parties have something to gain.

Put simply, the Japanese government should have instructed its Jordanian counterpart to respond to IS by threatening to kill Iraqi female jihadist Rishawi unless the requested evidence that the pilot, who crashed in Syria on December 24, is still alive is shown.

Why was a similar strategy not used?

The given evidence of IS requesting the return of jihadist Rishawi alive is clear proof that Rishawi is important to them.

If I had been a Japanese national living in Japan I would have no doubt taken this theory to the streets in the form of a protest.

Let me know your take on my strategy.




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