Monday 19 February 2018

Talk of negotiations for pilot's release just a cynical ruse

A Jordanian girl holds a poster of pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh during a candlelit vigil. Photo: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
A Jordanian girl holds a poster of pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh during a candlelit vigil. Photo: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Ruth Sherlock

The revelation that Isil made no attempts to contact a Japanese hostage's family in the days before they killed him had already raised serious doubts over whether the jihadist group ever intended to release Kenji Goto.

Thus last night's grim news about the death of Jordanian pilot Lt Muath al-Kaseasbeh, though shocking, cannot be a complete surprise.

The revelation raises doubts over whether the jihadist group ever intended to release Mr Goto, despite claims that they were willing to use him for a prisoner swap.

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