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US Muslims Ask Iraqi Kidnappers to Free American Journalist

Representatives of a prominent Muslim group in the United States, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, are appealing for the release of kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll.

A senior member of the influential U.S. Islamic group traveled to Baghdad Saturday to launch a public appeal to Carroll's abductors to release the 28-year-old writer. The American-Islamic council says Carroll is an objective reporter, and her work has demonstrated respect for the Iraqi people and Arab culture.

Carroll's kidnappers have threatened to execute her unless all eight female prisoners being held in Iraq by American forces are freed. There has been no word on the young journalist's fate since a deadline set by the kidnappers expired Friday.

In the northern Iraqi city of Baquba, a roadside bomb set off near an Iraqi police patrol killed at least two policemen and wounded eight Sunday. A car-bomb attack earlier Saturday in the same area killed several other Iraqi policemen.

In a delayed report, the U.S. military reported today that a suicide car bomber killed two American Marines Friday in Haqlaniya, northwest of the capital.

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