CAIR Delegation to Iraq Pleads for Journalist’s Release

January 21, 2006

Source: USA Today

Wire Service: AP

On January 21, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Representatives of a U.S. Muslim advocacy group joined in appealing Saturday for the release of American journalist Jill Carroll as a deadline set by kidnappers passed with no word on her fate. At least 12 Iraqis died in bombings and shootings nationwide... Two members of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations flew to Baghdad on Saturday to appeal for the release of Carroll, a 28-year-old freelancer for the Christian Science Monitor abducted Jan. 7 in western Baghdad. '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,' the group's executive director, Nihad Awad, said at Baghdad International Airport. 'Harming her will do them no good at all. The only way is to release her.'"