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Journalist Kenji Goto

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has released a video purporting to show the beheading of Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto on Saturday.

Goto, 47, was a freelance TV journalist. He went to Syria to try and free his friend Haruna Yukawa, who was beheaded by ISIS last week when Japan did not pay the terrorists $200 million in ransom.

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Speaking to the camera, the British-accented terrorist informally dubbed by the media as Jihadi John, says in the video:

“To the Japanese government: You like your foolish allies in the Satanic coalition have yet to understand that we by Allah’s grace are an Islamic Caliphate with authority and power, an entire army thirsty for your blood. [Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo] Abe, because of your reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this knife will not only slaughter Kenji but will also carry on and cause carnage wherever your people are found. So let the nightmare for Japan begin.”

Goto is seen kneeling in an orange prisoners’ jumpsuit in front of the black-clad executioner, before footage of his decapitated body is shown.

Goto, captured on October 25, 2014, is survived by his wife Rinko Goto and his two baby daughters, ages 2 and five months old.

The video hasn’t been officially authenticated by Japan yet, but it resembles previous beheading videos and members of the intelligence community say there is no reason to doubt it.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the murder, vowing to work with other nations to bring those responsible to justice. “I feel strong indignation at this inhumane and contemptible act of terrorism,” Abe said in brief remarks to journalists. “I will never forgive these terrorists. Japan will work with the international community to bring those responsible for this crime to justice,” he said, repeating his prior statement that Japan would not give in to terrorism.

The cabinet was to convene in Japan in an emergency meeting following the publication of the video Saturday night on the internet. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters, “I cannot help feeling strong indignation that an inhuman and despicable act of terrorism like this has been committed again. We resolutely condemn this.”

U.S. officials were also trying to confirm the authenticity of the video along with officials in Japan.

Bernadette Meehan, a spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council, told reporters, “We have seen the video purporting to show that Japanese citizen Kenji Goto has been murdered by the terrorist group ISIL. The United States strongly condemns ISIL’s actions and we call for the immediate release of all the remaining hostages. We stand in solidarity with our ally Japan.”

There was no mention in the 60-second video about the fate of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh, who was being held with Goto. Jordan has said it cannot release a female Al Qaeda terrorist suicide bomber in a prisoner swap as ISIS has demanded, without proof that Kasasbeh is still alive.

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81 COMMENTS

  1. Honestly I like what the Jordanians are currently doing and that is threatening to kill the prisoners of the Middle East that they have in order to get released their guys. Isis is not a group that’s going to sit in a conference room and be political and a sense of normal understanding these people are not interested in debating anything they have one goal and that is to annihilate anybody’s dance in their way they are not going to be accommodating and anyway wasting breath in meetings is a joke how many more people will be murdered before anything actually is done? Are we going to have to rely on the rest the world to do this and make us as a nation look even more week then we already do? In the event that occurs it was just open the American people and this nation to horrible events that will take place if something is not done now this is going on for far too long

  2. Patrick, they don’t believe in G-D they believe in the false prophet mohammed, the false god, allah. They won’t be wiped out until Yeshua comes and send them to hell for a thousand years then allows them to come back and be judged. G-D is a very forgiving G-D and gives all a chance to repent of their sins.
    The only way we can wipe them out is to kill every muslim man, women & child.

  3. Psalms 37 What happens to the Wicked (lawless ones who hate GOD and reject HIM AND HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.) But GOD also tells us not to envy those who seem to us to get away with their wicked ways they won't and we will be there to witness it when that day comes.

  4. Their Obama boyfriends and their all in it for their buttholes just the way bigbrother like it ! And all the lawofficeers system and cops and doctors and the government and politicians too all take it up the ass! It turns them on ! They all get off on fingering each other! That’s that finger pointing types ! And the one’s that stearing at you! Sick and twisted and nobody can save them! Not even the president can be saved !

  5. Is a quick death enough for these sick beasts? Some of the pieces of cr-p look forward to their introduction to their "virgins" and a happy death as a martyr. They should be buried in an undisclosed location with the head of a pig in their bowels…after the murdered person's family gets through with them.

  6. Wonder when Obama is going to give a bravary medal to his friends in the Muslim world who claim to be the 'religion of peace' yet nod in favor when these acts are done and NEVER say a word in opposition?

  7. Frankly Jp, immediate death is far too kind. What these savages ALL deserve is to know they're going to be decapitated, over and over again.
    They should feel the cool, rusty edge of a blade against their necks.
    And then — surprise! — there is a stay of execution!
    Then they meet the blade again, and again, until they GO INSANE. What exquisite torture…

  8. They are not going to stop unless we stop them, either with the aid of other countries or by ourselves.We need to bomb, really bomb their locations with as much firepower that is necessary. At the same time, invade their locations and take prisoners if possible. These people are at war with us. We should not treat their acts with impunity because they are misguided. We should treat them as the enemy that, like Hitler, wants to take over the world.

  9. OK, so they cut off his head in the name of Allah, but this act has nothing to do with Islam per our noble leader and the liberal media in the US, I hope everyone can agree that this is definitely "Work Place Violence" The executioner was just doing his job.

  10. No mama it is not kill that is a miss translation the Hebrew word means you will not commit murder. The taking of a innocent life without just cuase. God told the jews to kill eveyone man woman and child when they came into the promise land. There is a big difference between killing ande murder. These dog and committing murder and there is a place in Hell for them. The whole country should be carpet bombes.

  11. These people being held are no more than pawns held by thugs, looking for their fair share of the Western Tit. They all do the same thing. They extort. Look at what happened to Somali pirates? The world got together and said enough! Well, somebody has to that there is a war going on, and we need to seriously degrade the capability of these people to hurt us.

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