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New Video of US Hostage Jill Carroll Released


Arabic language al-Jazeera television has broadcast what it says is a new videotape of kidnapped U.S. journalist Jill Carroll pleading for freedom for female Iraqi prisoners.

The tape is time-stamped January 28, showing Carroll dressed in traditional Islamic headscarf and crying.

Al Jazeera did not broadcast any sound with the tape Monday. But a newscaster said Carroll appealed to the U.S. military in Iraq to free all women prisoners.

This was the main demand of her captors who threatened to kill her if it was not met.

Carroll is a journalist for the U.S. based Christian Science Monitor newspaper. She was kidnapped January 7.

The U.S. military freed five female prisoners in Iraq last week, but said their release was not connected to the Carroll case.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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