Deadline passes for release of Iraqi prisoner as Jordanian government wants proof from Islamic State that captured pilot is alive and Japan seeks to secure release of held journalist. Nathan Frandino reports.
Uncertainty fills the air in Amman, Jordan. Newspapers are calling for the release of Muath al-Kasaesbeh, the pilot held hostage by Islamic State. The government is scrambling to find out if he is still alive. The latest deadline for a prisoner exchange involving a death row inmate, passed without word of any progress. Muath al-Kasaesbeh was captured after his jet crashed in Syria in December during a bombing mission against the Sunni militant group. And ordinary Jordanians want him back. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN, KAMEL, SAYING: "We support the decision of the government. We need to secure the safety of al-Kasaesbeh [Muath al-Kasaesbeh] and later if an exchange happens, no problem. I agree with the decision of the government which is safety first for pilot al-Kasaesbeh." Jordanian officials are working closely with the Japanese government, whose citizen Kenji Goto is also held by Islamic State. In Tokyo, supporters gathered in front of the prime minister's office for a candle-light vigil. They all hope for a peaceful resolution. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) MAIKA MUROI, SAYING: "I really want both Goto and the the Jordanian pilot to be released and if the prisoner exchange between them and the person on death sentence can be achieved through negotiations, that would be best." Officials from both countries say they are working around the clock to save their citizens, although their fate is still unkown.