Jordan ready to swap prisoner for pilot held by Islamic State

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s information minister says his government is ready to swap an Iraqi woman held in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group.

Mohammed al-Momani made no mention in his statement Wednesday of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who is also being held by the Islamic State group.

Al-Momani’s comments were carried by Jordan’s state Petra news agency.

The minister says that “Jordan is ready to release the Iraqi prisoner” if the Jordanian pilot, Lt. Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh, is released unharmed.

A purported message Tuesday threatened to kill both Goto and the pilot within 24 hours.