US hostage in new video

September 30th, 2019

Category: 苏州半永久

Ms Carroll, dressed in a headscarf and speaking directly to the camera, urged US authorities to comply with hostage-takers’ demands “as quickly as possible”, without elaborating.


“I’m fine, please just do whatever they want,” said the 28-year-old journalist, who was freelancing for the Christian Science Monitor when she was abducted on January 7.

“There is very short time,” she said, at first saying the video was being recorded on February 6 before correcting herself and saying it was February 2, 2006.

The video was aired on Al Rai TV, a private Kuwaiti channel, unlike two previous videos of Ms Carroll issued by her captors, which were handed over to the more widely watched al-Jazeera.

The video was delivered to the station’s Baghdad office, said Hani al-Srougi, an editor at the station’s headquarters in Kuwait.

It was accompanied by a letter written by Ms Carroll, which the station is holding.

In the tape, Ms Carroll mentions the letter and suggests that her captors issued a letter in her handwriting previously.

“I am with the mujahadeen (holy warriors). I sent you a letter written by my hand, but you wanted more evidence, so we are sending you this letter now to prove I am with the mujahadeen,” she said.

Emotional plea

Ms Carroll is being held by a group calling itself the Brigades of Vengeance, which has called for the freeing of all female prisoners from Iraqi jails as a condition for her release.

Ms Carroll was first seen in a video released on January 17 which showed her wearing a grey sweatshirt with her long brown hair loose.

Her captors made a threat to kill her unless their demands were met by January 20.

That deadline passed with no word on her fate until a new video appeared on al-Jazeera on January 30, showing Ms Carroll — now in an Islamic veil — weeping and making an emotional plea.

In late January, more than 400 Iraqi detainees, including five women, were released from US and Iraqi-run prisons, but authorities denied the move was linked to Ms Carroll’s case. Fifty more detainees, all men, were released last week.

The US military said it would also release a fresh batch of about 450 more people detained in Iraq, but did not specify whether any of them would be women.

Ms Carroll was abducted in Baghdad by armed men who shot dead her interpreter.

She had visited the office of a prominent Sunni political figure, Adnan al-Dulaimi, whom she hoped to interview.

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