January 30, 2006

Jazeera airs video of US hostage

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Jazeera television aired a video tape
from an Iraqi militant group on Monday showing U.S. hostage
Jill Carroll and said she appealed for fellow Americans to
press for the release of Iraqi women held by U.S.-led forces.

Carroll, wearing a headscarf, was seen crying in the grainy
footage that carried a January 28 datestamp and a logo showing
the name of the Revenge Brigades militant group. The voice of
the 28-year-old journalist kidnapped on January 7, was not

"The American journalist kidnapped in Iraq urged her family
and Americans around the world to demand that U.S. military
forces and the Iraqi interior (ministry) release all Iraqi
women prisoners," said the Qatar-based television station.

"She said that this would help in her release," the station
said without giving further details.

Carroll's kidnappers set a 72-hour ultimatum which expired
about 10 days ago for the U.S. military to free women prisoners
in Iraq threatening to kill her.

The U.S. military in Iraq freed five women prisoners last
week, but U.S. and Iraqi officials said their release was
pre-planned and not linked to Carroll's case.

More than 200 foreigners and thousands of Iraqis have been
abducted in the anarchy that followed the U.S.-led invasion of
Iraq in 2003. Most foreign hostages have been released, but 54
are known to have been killed; more than 50 are still believed
to be held.