U.S. Muslim Group in Baghdad to Plead for Hostage


CNN Video of CAIR Delegation in Iraq
http://www.cnn.com/video/partners/clickability/index.html?url=/video/world/2006/01/21/holmes.carroll.update.ap

Update: CAIR Delegation Now Back in Jordan: CAIR’s delegation to Iraq is now back in Jordan in preparation for its return to the United States.

CONTACT: CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, 703-851-4051, 962-777-578-857; CAIR Government Affairs Director Corey Saylor, 962-796-098-300; CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations arrived in Baghdad to urge kidnappers to release U.S. journalist Jill Carroll.

"We are the only people who have come from outside of Iraq to call for Jill's release, and we are very hopeful they will hear our message on behalf of American Muslims," said Nihad Awad, CAIR's executive director on Saturday.

"Harming her will do no good at all. The only way is to release her," he said. (Watch what groups are saying and doing to convince the kidnappers -- 1:01)

The American Muslim group undertook the journey to ensure the kidnappers would have every opportunity to hear their message, said Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's communications director.

 


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