Who Is Sajida al-Rishawi? ISIS Demands Release Of Iraqi Woman With Links To Al Qaeda, Islamic State

The Islamic State group has demanded the release of an Iraqi woman named Sajida al-Rishawi, as it posted a video indicating the beheading of one of two Japanese hostages taken in Syria, Haruna Yukawa. Instead of ransom, the terror group is seeking a prisoner swap: the other Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto, for Rishawi, an alleged attempted suicide bomber.

“It is simple. You give them Sajida, and I will be released,” the voice of a man claiming to be Goto says in a video posted by a known supporter of the militant group formerly known as either ISIL or ISIS. “Again, I would like to stress how easy it is to save my life. You bring them their sister from the Jordanian regime, and I will be released immediately — me for her.”