(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/25/2008) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed the capture of a suspect who allegedly planned the 2006 kidnapping of U.S. journalist Jill Carroll in Iraq. Carroll was abducted while on assignment for the Christian Science Monitor newspaper and released in March of that year.
SEE: Suspect in Jill Carroll Kidnapping Caught in Iraq (CNN)
At the time of Carroll’s kidnapping, CAIR sent a delegation to Iraq to make a public appeal for her release. CAIR’s office in her home state of Michigan also issued a similar appeal.
SEE: CAIR Sends Delegation to Iraq Seeking Journalist’s Release
“We welcome the capture of Jill Carroll’s suspected kidnapper and hope that all those who remain captive in Iraq will be released,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, who was part of the delegation that went to Iraq.
CAIR also coordinated a joint appeal by national Muslim leaders calling for Carroll’s safe return to her family.
SEE: U.S. Muslim Leaders Call for Release of Journalist in Iraq
The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy has issued past appeals for the release of all those who have been taken hostage by any parties to the conflict in Iraq.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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