AMMAN- A U.S.-based civil rights group on Thursday called for the release of American journalist Jill Carroll, whose kidnappers in Iraq have threatened to kill her unless authorities free all Iraqi women in custody.

Carroll, 28, a freelance journalist working for the Christian Science Monitor, was kidnapped in Baghdad on January 7. Her translator was killed.

“We appeal to the kidnappers to release her on humanitarian grounds,” Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, told a news conference in the Jordanian capital Amman.

“Killing her or harming her will harm the cause of the Iraqi people and any cause the kidnappers may hold,” Awad said.

The group said it plans to head for Baghdad on Friday.

Arab television station al Jazeera said on Tuesday Carroll’s kidnappers had threatened to kill her within 72 hours unless all Iraqi women detainees were freed.


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