demanding now to spare the lives of hostages. Off and running. Republicans descending on Iowa. Can you really compete in Iowa? Announcer: Some key players making major moves. Why what's happening this... See More
demanding now to spare the lives of hostages. Off and running. Republicans descending on Iowa. Can you really compete in Iowa? Announcer: Some key players making major moves. Why what's happening this weekend could shake up 2016. You're in Iowa. Announcer: Complete coverage from the hawkeye state. And, deflategate getting bigger. I'm embarrassed to talk about the amount of time I've put into this. Reporter: The surprising new steps the patriots are taking now. Could this supersize scandal overshadow the super bowl? From ABC news, "This week" with George stephanopoulos begins now. Good morning. You're going to see, we have a lot of news to analyze on several different fronts this morning. We begin with the latest atrocity from Isis. One Japanese hostage dead. Isis demanding a prisoner swap to save the second. And at least one American hostage still being held. Brian Ross is here with the latest. Good morning, Brian. Reporter: Good morning, George. While the hostage being threatened is Japanese, the U.S. Is very much involved in the efforts to free him. In part because of the close relationship with Japan. And also because one of the other hostages is a 26-year-old American woman. For now, all efforts are focused on kenji goto. In the latest Isis video, he was forced to hold a photo of what appears to be his beheaded cell mate, and then read a plea for his own life, asking for a prisoner swap, instead of the original $200 million ransom demand. They are being fair. They no longer want money. So -- you don't need to worry about funding terrorists. Reporter: In Japan, the prime minister called the video an outrageous and unforgivable act. And goto's mother said her son sounded extremely nervous. And she added this is no time to be optimistic. The Japanese hostage video was substantially different than previous such videos. Without the usual high-production techniques and Isis insignias. And no appearance of the masked executioner known as Jihadi John. Today, U.S. Officials are using the video to look for clues that might help locate the hostages. Any information they can glean about where the perpetrators are, the terrorists are, they're working to find that information now. Reporter: The prisoner Isis is demanding to be freed is sajida rishawi, a failed suicide bomber on death row in Jordan, who islamist groups have tried and failed several time before to free. She was part of an attack on a Jordanian hotel ten years ago where 60 people were killed attending a wedding. They refuse to exchange her for other prisoners. But her execution has been put on hold. Counterterror experts say it's unlikely that Jordan would make a deal for the Japanese journalist or the Jordanian pilot Isis has also captured. George? Thank you, Brian. President Obama called the
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