US Condemns the Murder of Japanese Hostage by ISIS

Japanese Hostages with ISIS
Japanese Hostages with ISIS

Despite airstrikes by the U.S. and its allies on ISIS, the terrorist organization is continuously expanding its regime.

By Rakesh Raman

As reports are pouring in about the killing of a Japanese hostage by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the U.S. has condemned the murder.

The White House issued an emotionless, copybook statement Saturday, saying the United States strongly condemns the brutal murder of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa by the terrorist group ISIL (or ISIS).

“Our condolences today are with the people of Japan for their terrible loss. We renew our call for the immediate release of Kenji Goto and all other remaining hostages,” said the White House statement.

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ISIS had posted the video of two Japanese hostages – Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto – on social media with a threat to execute them if Japan failed to pay the ransom of $200 million for their release by the deadline, which expired Friday. As Japan didn’t pay the ransom, ISIS killed one of the two hostages.

According to CNN, ISIS released Saturday a picture and audio online which claimed that one of two Japanese hostages has been killed. Moreover, ISIS has renewed its demand and instead of money, now the terrorist group wants a prisoner exchange if Japan wants it to release the other hostage.

In the new demand, according to CNN, the ISIS message asks for the “release of Sajida al-Rishawi, a woman arrested in Jordan in 2005 on suspicion of trying to take part in an attack in which others killed dozens at Jordanian hotels.”

Meanwhile, President Obama – who is currently on a kind of leisure trip in India – has called on Congress to authorize the use of military force against ISIS presumably because the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve to combat ISIS terrorism has proved to be ineffective.

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Despite airstrikes by the U.S. and its allies on ISIS, the terrorist organization is continuously expanding its regime.

Currently, ISIS holds a state which is at least equivalent to the geographical area of the U.K. But it has already planned to move beyond Iraq and Syria in order to expand its regime.

Recently, ISIS told a visiting German author Jürgen Todenhöfer that it has already planned to move beyond Iraq and Syria and its next target will be Europe.

In order to terrorize its enemies, ISIS has beheaded hostages from the USA, U.K., and Japan. It’s believed that it has more hostages with it. They are expected be used by ISIS to raise funds through ransom money for its territorial expansion program.

By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company

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