MOSUL, Iraq – Not everyone in Iraq was celebrating last week’s soccer victory over Jordan in the Asia Cup.
Reports out of Mosul say ISIS thugs caught 13 Iraqi teenage boys watching the match on TV, took them outside, and machine-gunned them to death because watching soccer on TV breaks all sorts of religious laws.
And now, ISIS terrorists have sent a message to the government and people of Japan.
You may remember Jihadi John, the masked, English-speaking terrorist who threatens to behead captives. This time he’s got a two-fer: Two Japanese citizens, and he wants $200 million for their return with their heads intact. That’s the amount he claims Japan has contributed to the fight against ISIS.
“And to the Japanese public . . . you now have 72 hours to pressure your government in making a wise decision by paying the 200-million to save the lives of your citizens," he said.
One of the hostages is freelance journalist Kenji Goto Jogo. His last tweet from the Middle East was October 23.
The other hostage is Haruna Yukawa who owns a private military company.
He went to the Middle East after his wife died, but it’s not clear what he was doing there when ISIS captured him.
It’s also not clear from Japan’s prime minister whether Japan will pay a ransom.
There is one thing for certain, though. In the war against terrorism, somebody is always going to pay the price.