The militants’ deadline passed without word on the fate of the pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, and a fellow hostage, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. Their families issued desperate pleas for the lives of their loved ones.
Israeli aircraft struck Syrian government artillery positions early Wednesday as tensions mounted along the Israeli-held Golan Heights a week and a half after an Israeli airstrike killed an Iranian general and six members of the militant group Hezbollah.
Venezuela is at a tourism convention in Spain this week trying to draw visitors. It has to be a tough sell, considering it’s one of the most murderous countries in the hemisphere and is prone to civil unrest.
Hezbollah militants in Lebanon fired anti-tank missiles Wednesday at a pair of Israeli army vehicles on the edge of the Israeli-held Golan Heights, killing two soldiers in retaliation for an Israeli strike in Syria that killed six Hezbollah operatives and an Iranian general.
The Islamic State on Tuesday gave the Japanese and Jordanian governments less than 24 hours to release a female militant who has been on Jordan’s death row since 2005, in exchange for the release of a kidnapped Japanese journalist and the life of a captured Jordanian fighter pilot.
There were elaborate floats and colorfully attired children dancing, ornate floral displays and lots of soldiers, tanks and missiles. Even a camel-mounted military force complete with its own marching band.
A visibly shaken Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said early Sunday that Japan was working to free two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group, calling a new online video purporting to show that one had been killed “outrageous and unforgiveable.”