ISIS Interviews on Japanese Hostage After Rishawi

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Raqqa, Syria

January 28, 2015

ISIS fighters in Raqqa who come from various countries give their views on the Japanese hostage crisis.

Script

  1. soundbite (Arabic)
    Sheikh Kamal Razzouq , Tunisian ISIS Preacher : Q: Why did the Islamic State change its demand for releasing Japanese hostage Kenji Goto from a 200-million-dollar ransom to demanding the release of Sajida al-Rishawi? This is in accordance with the Prophet’s sayings, which dictate that prisoners should be liberated and women’s honor be preserved. This woman represents our honor and she is worth more than the world to us."
  2. soundbite (French)
    Abu Maria al-Faransi, French ISIS Fighter: [Q: Why did the Islamic State change its demand for releasing Japanese hostage Kenji Goto from a 200 million dollars ransom to demanding the release of Sajida al-Rishawi?] "In the name of God and Peace be upon the messenger of God, People should know that in the Islamic state there are four types of justice. First of all, there is death – this is when you see the slaughter of Americans or Japanese. Second, there is prisoner swapping or ransom. Third, the liberation of hostages. Fourthly, these hostages might stay with us as slaves. Today, we want to exchange prisoners."
  3. soundbite (English)
    Abu Maliha al-Baritani, British ISIS Fighter: [Q: what do you think of the way in which the Japanese government handled the hostage issue?]
  4. soundbite (French)
    Abu Hamza al-Beljiki, Belgian ISIS Fighter: [Q: what do you think of the way in which the Japanese government handled the hostage issue?] "They are cowards and liars. They are manipulated by America and they are manipulating their people, who follow them like sheep. They were not able to rise after the Hiroshima nuclear attack. They have abandoned their hostages for 200 million dollars. They left one of their hostages to be slaughtered. And now, if they do not conduct a prisoner swap, the second hostage’s fate will be in the hands of the Islamic Caliphate."
  5. soundbite (French)
    Abu al-Walid al-Sanani al-Faransi, French ISIS Fighter: [Q: what do you think of the way in which the Japanese government handled the hostage issue?] “The Japanese government did not take the declaration of the Islamic State seriously concerning their citizens. By refusing to pay the ransom, it is the government itself that executed the hostage. They [the hostages] have been abandoned by Japan, which committed a crime by financing the international coalition’s campaign. If the Japanese government cared about its citizens, it would have paid the ransom and liberated them. Rather than paying 200 million dollars, the Japanese government slaughtered Haruna Yukawa."
  6. soundbite (Arabic)
    Sheikh Kamal Razzouq, Tunisian ISIS Preacher : Q: What is Sajida al-Rishawi worth to the Islamic State? “Sajida al-Rishawi, as the Mother of Believers [Prophet’s wife Aisha] said: Women are the sisters of men. She has an attribute that belongs to men. She has stood in defence of Islam like Khadija [the prophet’s first wife]. God willing, her value to us is very high; she is as valuable as the eye is to the head. She is the eye with which we see. She is our sister in God’s religion. We are on the path of Abu Mussab Al-Zarqawi; we love whoever loves him. We want to liberate her, with God’s will."
  7. soundbite (French)
    Abu al-Walid al-Sanani al-Faransi, French ISIS Fighter : [Q: what is Sajida al-Rishawi worth to the Islamic State?] “In the name of God, peace be upon you. I believe that Sajida al-Rishawi has committee a brave act that few men dare to do. I hope that she is liberated in exchange for Kenji Goto. I hope that she returns to the Islamic State."
  8. soundbite (Arabic)
    Abu Battar al-Bahraini, Bahraini ISIS Fighter: [Q: what is Sajida al-Rishawi worth to the Islamic State?] “Sister Sajida al-Rishawi is a monotheist and believing sister; she is one of the Islamic nation’s free women. She is the granddaughter of mother Aisha and Hafsa. She has rebelled against the tyrants of Jordan in support of the Islamic Sharia, so they imprisoned her. It is our duty to support her. We have only started jihad to support the downtrodden."
  9. soundbite (French)
    Abu Mariya al-Faransi, French ISIS Fighter : [Q: Has the bombing by the international coalition affected the Islamic State in Raqqa?] "In the name of God , and peace be upon the messenger of God, Listen brother. You have to know that the bombings that we receive every day, night, week, and moth only give us more strength to keep going forward; go forward, kill these infidels and fight against them. You should know that the Islamic State is like a tree. You irrigate a tree with water, but we have irrigated the Islamic State with the blood of martyrs. You have to know that you, infidels, who are listening to this message, you have to know that you are responsible for what will happen. You will be forced to kneel before us and God almighty’s laws. By God, by God, by God, you will kneel before us. God willing!"
  10. soundbite (Arabic)
    Abu Battar al-Bahraini, Bahraini ISIS Fighter: [Q: Has the bombing by the international coalition affected the Islamic State in Raqqa?] “It has not affected our strength. It has only increased our determination to follow righteousness and belief in victory from God. Victory shall be near, with the will of God."
  11. soundbite (English)
    Abu Maliha al-Baritani, British ISIS Speaker : [Q: Has the bombing by the international coalition affected the Islamic State in Raqqa?]
  12. soundbite (English)
    Abu Maliha al-Baritani, British ISIS Speaker : [Q: Has Raqqa changed since the bombing by the international coalition started?]