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Jordan Mulls Swap of Jihadist for Hostages, Lawmaker Says

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Jordan is in indirect talks with Islamic State to secure the release of a Japanese war journalist and a Jordanian pilot held by the militants, a member of the kingdom’s parliament said Tuesday.

The negotiations are taking place through religious and tribal leaders in Iraq, Bassam Al-Manaseer, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in Jordan’s lower house of parliament, said in an interview in Amman. Islamic State has demanded that Jordan release convicted jihadist Sajida al-Rishawi as its price for freeing the Japanese journalist.