Jill Carroll Released

The journalist was freed three months after being abducted in an attack that left her translator dead.

Carroll, 28, was dropped off near the Iraqi Islamic Party offices. She walked inside, and people there called American officials, Iraqi police said.

“I was treated well, but I don’t know why I was kidnapped,” Carroll said in a brief interview on Baghdad television.

I’m going to take a wild guess and say that it was for a couple of reasons. A) she’s an American; and B) she wrote for the Christian Science Monitor. It’s a damned good paper, but the name alone is trouble in a region where the fundamentalist imams are instituting sharia law and consolidating control.

But this is one woman with huevos:

Carroll went to the Middle East in 2002 after being laid off from a newspaper job. She had long dreamed of covering a war.

In American Journalism Review last year, Carroll wrote that she moved to Jordan in late 2002, six months before the war started, “to learn as much about the region as possible before the fighting began.”

“There was bound to be plenty of parachute journalism once the war started, and I didn’t want to be a part of that,” she wrote.

Carroll has had work from Iraq published in the Monitor, AJR, U.S. News & World Report, ANSA and other publications. She has been interviewed often on National Public Radio.

Congratulations, Jill.

4 comments for “Jill Carroll Released

  1. Lux Fiat
    March 30, 2006 at 12:28 pm

    First thing I heard on NPR when I woke up. That’s great.

    (I can’t figure out why I think this great news is so great though, since it goes against the work I’ve been doing all this time with my Liberal Cohort to squelch the good news coming out of Iraq in order to destroy this noble mission and ruin traditional family values, but I figure I’m just going to roll with it.)

  2. Gabriel Malor
    March 30, 2006 at 12:31 pm

    Yeah, they were playing that quote when my alarm went off this morning. I thought the same thing, zuzu, and wondered why she thinks she was targeted. Maybe there’s more to the story that we don’t know yet. Otherwise, yeah, she was an American journalist in Iraq–and probably not the last that will be taken.

  3. March 31, 2006 at 9:56 am

    Funny how there seemed to be yet more international outcry when the hostage is a young, attractive woman.

    I’m happy that she’s been released, regardless.

  4. Tuomas
    April 1, 2006 at 7:09 pm

    Jill Carroll has made it clear that the earlier statements where she was sympathetic to the kidnappers did not reflect her views.

    From Christian Monitor.

    It is always good when such stories have a happy ending (release), regardless of her views.

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