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We're reporting today on two countries where armed groups are using hostages as political weapons. The first is Iraq, where American journalist Jill Carroll is being displayed on videotape. Her kidnappers say they'll kill her tomorrow, unless all women prisoners in Iraq are freed. Today, Iraqi officials called for the U.S. to release half a dozen female detainees. The Iraqis say it's a routine request, not related to the abduction.
INSKEEP: Jill Carroll has been a hostage for almost two weeks now, and today, her mother appealed for her release. Mary Beth Carroll told CNN's American Morning that she had spoken with her daughter about the possibility of a kidnapping.
Ms. MARYBETH CARROLL (Mother of Jill Carroll): That gives me some comfort now, to know some of the things that she knew, and had talked with about other people, vis-à-vis, kidnapping. And also, I told her frankly how I felt, if she was kidnapped, what I would be thinking, and supporting her and knowing that she was doing what she loved, and what she thought was very important to do. And that that would give me and her family comfort at this time, and it does.
INSKEEP: Marybeth Carroll is the mother of kidnapped journalist Jill Carroll. Members of an American Muslim Advocacy Group, the council on American/Islamic relations, are also appealing for Carroll's freedom, and they're on their way to Baghdad to do it.
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