Jordan would release convicted would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi as ISIS apparently demanded, if ISIS releases Jordanian military pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh, the country’s state-run TV said Wednesday, citing Jordanian Information Minister Mohammed Momani.
The announcement comes as an apparent ISIS deadline looms: A video file posted online Tuesday said that ISIS would kill al-Kassasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto within 24 hours if Jordan did not release al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who has been imprisoned in Jordan since 2005.
It wasn’t immediately clear if ISIS would accept Jordan’s offer. In two videos since last week, the terror group appeared to offer Goto’s freedom in exchange for al-Rishawi’s. It did not offer al-Kassasbeh’s freedom, but indicated in one instance that he and Goto would be killed if al-Rishawi were not freed.