Islamic State demands swap after video of hostage death
Bloomberg - 01/24/2015
“Governments are generally less inclined to support terrorist groups with prisoners versus money,” said Max Abrahms, an assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston, who studies terrorism.
“There are higher costs to governments to release terrorist prisoners,” he said in an interview.
The demand for al-Rishawi’s release also is unlikely to be met since some of the casualties of the attack, including women and children, were guests at a Muslim wedding, according to Abrahms.