ISIS Threatens Japanese Hostages in New Video

Militant demands $200M for release of two Japanese citizens.
1:56 | 01/21/15

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the hunt, but first, ABC's Brian Ross tonight on the demand for money and whether it will be met. Reporter: He is the personification of terror, back tonight as brutal and evil as ever, in what appears to be his sixth such video. Dubbed Jihadi John because of his british accent, the masked Isis spokesman now threatens to behead these two Japanese citizens if the terror group doesn't receive a $200 million ransom by Thursday. You now have 72 hours to pressure your government in making a wise decision. Reporter: One of the Japanese hostages, described only as an adventurer, was captured by Isis last August, in this dramatic video, where he was accused of being a cia spy. The other hostage is a veteran Japanese television reporter. Japan's prime minister shinzo Abe said today no ransom would be paid. We've seen in the past that Isis has carried through on their threats like this to execute hostages, so the outlook is obviously quite grim. Reporter: Tonight, U.S. Analysts are looking for any clues the new Isis propaganda video may reveal, studying the background setting, the shadows for time of day, the knife, the eyes. And to the dismay of U.S. Officials, the video comes despite months of air strikes meant to cripple the terror group. It's made them seem more heroic. They're expanding their influence and in some ways they are expanding their territory. Reporter: And tonight in Europe, police in at least six countries remain on high alert, searching for other Isis followers connected to the Paris attacks and conceding they may not be able to stop the next one. Well armed, loaded with cash and masters of internet recruiting, Isis has in the last few months emerged as the world's most wanted group of terrorists. David, just a year ago, in his last state of the union address, the president did not even refer to them by name.

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