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Saturday, January 21, 2006

 

AP: Groups intervene to save kidnapped journalist - Jan. 21

By SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press Writer - 1 hour, 25 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A U.S. Muslim advocacy group arrived in Baghdad on Saturday to plead for the release of American hostage Jill Carroll, while an Iraqi official urged American forces to free six detained Iraqi women in a bid to save the journalist. 

Members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nadi Awad, left, and Corey Saylor arrive at the Baghdad International Airport, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, in Baghdad, Iraq. The U.S. Muslim advocacy group arrived in Baghdad on Saturday to plead for the release of American hostage Jill Carroll. The deadline set by Carroll's kidnappers, who have threatened to kill her unless American forces release all Iraqi women in military custody, passed late Friday and no word has been heard on her fate. (AP Photo/Mohammed Hato)Members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nadi Awad and Corey Saylor, right, arrive at the Baghdad International Airport, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, in Baghdad, Iraq. The U.S. Muslim advocacy group arrived in Baghdad on Saturday to plead for the release of American hostage Jill Carroll. The deadline set by Carroll's kidnappers, who have threatened to kill her unless American forces release all Iraqi women in military custody, passed late Friday and no word has been heard on her fate. (AP Photo/Mohammed Hato)

A deadline set by kidnappers, who threatened to kill Carroll unless U.S. forces released all Iraqi women in military custody, passed late Friday with no word on her fate.

The delegation from the Council on American-Islamic Relations flew to Baghdad from neighboring Jordan in a bid to drum up momentum for Carroll's release. The 28-year-old was abducted Jan. 7 in a tough west Baghdad neighborhood.

"We are the only people who have come from outside of Iraq to call for Jill's release and we are very hopeful they will hear our message on behalf of American Muslims," Nihad Awad, the group's executive director said at Baghdad International Airport. "Harming her will do (the kidnappers) no good at all. The only way is to release her."

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Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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