The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has been struggling to negotiate for money, prisoners, and other demands. They have used some of the only leverage they have, which have been the hostages of foreign countries, whom they attempt to extort for something of value. In the beginning they believed that their extremism and threats of beheading would be enough to force the hands of the governments to comply, but it has all been a failure so far. ISIS will continue to execute their hostages as deadlines are deliberately passed, and demands left unmet.
A still from a YouTube video shows the capture of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh, whose life was recently threatened in an ISIS negotiation attempt. (Image from YouTube)