Jill Carroll Is Released

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Now free after 82 days of captivity, American reporter Jill Carroll appears composed and eager to talk about her ordeal.

In an interview with Baghdad television, Carroll says her kidnappers confined her to a small, soundproof room with frosted windows but treated her well. Despite public threats to kill her, Carroll says, "They never said they would hit me, never threatened me in any way."

Carroll says she did not know who her kidnappers were, where she was held or why she was set free.

The U.S. ambassador says there was no ransom paid by the American embassy, but his remarks left open the question of whether "arrangements" had been made by others.

Carroll was abducted January seventh while going to interview a Sunni Arab politician. She was dropped off at midday near an office of the Iraqi Islamic Party, and now is in the hands of U.S. authorities.

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