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Arabs aghast over Jill Carroll's kidnapping (UPDATED)

Truth About Iraqis

January 18, 2006

UPDATE II:Iraq said on Thursday U.S. forces planned to release six Iraqi woman detainees, a demand of the kidnappers of an American journalist, but Washington denied such a move was imminent.



Aljazeera (Reuters) is reporting: An Iraqi government official said Iraq has recommended that US authorities release six of the eight Iraqi females in military custody, adding that it was not part of a bid to free a kidnapped American journalist.


It has been about 24 hours since Aljazeera ran video of Jill Carroll at the hands of her captors who demanded all Iraqi female detainees be released.

If there demands are not met within 72 hours, Ms. Carroll would be killed, they said.

It has been 11 days since I first saw the story of her kidnapping. And yet, I stayed away from the story. What could I possibly say?

That this was a dishonorable crime? That it belied all the teachings of Islam? That it didn't make sense?

Yes. It doesn't make sense. From what I have heard among Iraqis I speak with regularly and from statements made by prominent figures, Ms. Carroll was seen as someone who had come to uncover the truth in Iraq. About the price Iraqis were paying.

About human rights violations committed against the Iraqi people.

According to Harith al-Dhari, a leading Sunni cleric of the Association of Muslim Scholars, Iraqis (or some of them) viewed Ms. Carroll as anti-occupation.

Why would the Iraqi resistance go after someone who seemed to be showing her readers a different side of the Iraq invasion?

Talking to Al-Sharqiya local television in Baghdad, al-Dhari said:

"Regarding the recent kidnapping of the American journalist [Jill Carroll] ... This journalist is one of the anti-occupation journalists. Indeed, she wrote many articles that explain the negative signs of the occupation. Also, in a recent story, she focused on the violations performed by government security forces against civilians."

"So, [its possible] that the occupiers might not be far removed from responsibility for this event. But if it was done by some anti-occupation forces then this is a message from us to make them understand the situation and release her in order to allow her to go back to work and participate in uncovering the real reasons for the American occupation in Iraq and the violations against its people."

Al-Dhari seems to be either placing blame for her kidnapping on occupation forces or on "some anti-occupation force". I think his message was to the latter, perhaps some group which may have committed a blunder it finds itself stuck with now.

I have to believe that scenario because the other option is far more sinister and morose.

Who is this obscure, previously unknown group calling itself the Brigades of Revenge. Even the name does not indicate whom they are avenging.

Arab newspapers and television programs have not been silent either.

See her for an editorial from Jordan's Al-Ghad newspaper (translated from Arabic) condemning her kidnapping and calling for her immediate release.

Also, at the Jordan Times, where apparently she worked.

Jordanian blogger Natasha has a very detailed updated blog on the kidnapping. Natasha says she knew Ms. Carroll personally.

Riverbend also ran a tribute to the Iraqi translator who was killed accompanying Ms. Carroll. Riverbend's tribute to the translator has been picked up by world media.

Blogger Baghdad Treasure also apparently knew Ms. Carroll and has blogged about her.

Aljazeera, after airing the video on Tuesday, issued a statement calling for Ms. Carroll's release unharmed. Here is an Aljazeera article on her kidnapping.

MSNBC also has an article on Iraqis seeking Ms. Carroll's release.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has also called for her immediate release.

Here is a link to a series of articles on the dangers journalists face.

And it goes without saying, check Christian Science Monitor for constant updates.

There was news earlier today of US forces releasing six of eight Iraqi female detainees, according to the BBC. Many had speculated that the release was in response to Ms. Carroll's kidnapping.

However, the report turned out to be erroneous. It turns out the US admitted to holding eight female prisoners, but no mention yet on their release, if at all.

I am trying to remain optimistic. I want to see this young woman released for a number of reasons. 1) I strongly condemn any violent act against innocents and civilians; 2) I strongly condemn any violent act against journalists and 3) I strongly condemn any act of unprovoked violence targeting innocents in the name of religion.

As has been shown above, this kidnapping is contrary to the teachings of Islam no matter what the non-Arabic speaking "Islamic experts" tell you.

I spoke with a Bosnian Muslim friend of mine. He said he was starting a campaign of emailing every Islamic group he can find to urge them to take a unified stand against Ms. Carroll's captors and to help prevent any further kidnappings.


I'm really nervous about all this. So many Iraqi groups - Sunni groups - are calling for her immediate release. Same said groups have strong relationships with the Iraqi resistance. If a Sunni group kidnapped Ms. Carroll, then I believe we face a good chance of seeing her released unharmed.

God protect her and all innocents in Iraq.

And everywhere.

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