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Purported IS message threatens Japanese, Jordanian hostages

The message again demanded the release of Iraqi woman Sajida al-Rishawi sentenced to death in Jordan for involvement in terror attack.

VOICES: What Japanese think about the hostage crisis

Here are some voices from Japan on the unfolding crisis, as it enters its second week.

Situation in Kobani “tenuous” as Kurdish forces continue fight against ISIS: Pentagon

US Central Command (CENTCOM) said it conducted four airstrikes, while three others were conducted by its partner nation forces.

US only country that can galvanize the world community: Barack Obama

Obama said a few recent events have raised the anxiety level of the people.

US-led airstrikes in Kobani wiped out hundreds of Islamic State militants: Pentagon

“One of the reasons why you’re seeing more strikes there is because there is more ISIL there,” said Pentagon spokesperson.

US-led coalition ramps up strikes on Syrian town

The Observatory said the militants had seized more than a third of Kobani, but Kurdish officials disputed that, saying their forces had recaptured several parts of the town.

US rules out ‘trading aspects’ with Iran to fight IS

Obama would chair a meeting of the UN Security Council on the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters.

US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State: Pentagon

The strikes were part of the expanded military campaign that Obama authorized nearly two weeks ago.

World united in fight against ISIL: Barack Obama

We will use our air power. We will train and equip our partners. We will advise and we will assist, he said.

ISIL must be defeated, says John Kerry

The military action will end only when they have ended the capacity of ISIL to engage in broad-based terrorist activity.

Australian PM orders counter-terrorism ops after news of public killing by IS surfaces in Sydney

Abbott said there was a “serious risk from a terrorist attack” days after Australia raised its national terror threat level to “high”.

Islamic State can’t be defeated by air strikes alone, says Iran FM

“It’s a very dangerous phenomenon, and we all need to be aware of how to deal with this issue,” said Iran FM.

Need to build a strong and broad coalition against ISIL: Barack Obama

The comprehensive approach to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL requires a wide range of efforts, said Obama.

Iran won’t shake America’s ‘dirty hands’ in fight against the Islamic State

“I saw no point in cooperating with a country whose hands are dirty and intentions murky,” said Ayatollah.

US airplanes bomb Islamic State near Baghdad for the first time

“The air strike southwest of Baghdad was the first strike taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people,” said US.