Skip to comments.Iraq - Female Western journalist kidnapped in Baghdad - police
Posted on 01/07/2006 1:38:41 AM PST by HAL9000
BAGHDAD, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A female Western journalist was kidnapped in Baghdad on Saturday and her translator killed, police said.
They said she was on her way to a meeting with a Sunni Arab leader when a car carrying an unknown number of gunmen blocked her vehicle in the Adel district near Malik bin Anas mosque in west Baghdad.
The gunmen shot dead her driver, an Iraqi journalist who also worked as her translator, abandoned their car and drove off in hers.
There has been a spate of kidnappings of Westerners in Iraq over the past few months after a lull during most of 2005. Four Christian peace activists -- a Briton, an American and two Canadians -- are still being held captive. A French engineer is also being held.
US journalist kidnapped in Iraq
A US journalist has been kidnapped and an accompanying translator killed in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, police say.
The body of the translator, along with identity papers, have been recovered.
The journalist and the translator were reported to have been on a visit to the Sunni coalition headquarters in the city's western Adel district.
Western journalists and aid workers have frequently been targeted for kidnapping in the country by insurgents and criminal groups.
I'd bet a dollar to a donut that it was another planned setup by a leftist stooge terrorist sympathizer reporterette to get the government of whaqtever country she calls home to pay a big ransom for her.
Speaking of...that story went nowhere. Americans should be rioting over that flap.
Those FrenchYouths sure get around.
Can we send 10 more journalists to replace her, including Dan Rather?
If so, her kidnapping and perhaps death can be laid at the hands of the media itself.
I fevently hope it is not, and that this is a set-up like some of the other kidnappings. However, as you said, the killing of her driver seems to indicate otherwise.
Drivers/translators are pretty much a "disposable item" to such people; so THAT hardly is an indicator it was ''real'.
Yeah, it very possibly is a real kidnapping, and she is very possibly a "complete innocent".. If so, may God bless and keep her safe.
But color me skeptic. These pseudo-kidnappings have become all too common lately.
US woman journalist kidnapped in Iraq
A US woman journalist was kidnapped in Baghdad Saturday and her translator killed, Iraqi security sources said, in the latest hostage crisis involving Westerners in the war-torn country.
"An American journalist is missing. We are investigating," said US embassy spokeswoman Elizabeth Colton, who declined to name the missing reporter.
Iraqi security officials said the journalist was abducted by armed men in the Adl district of western Baghdad and her translator found dead.
An Iraqi defence ministry official said the interpreter was able to tell soldiers that a US journalist was kidnapped before he died.
Officials said the journalist was seized as she was on her way to interview prominent Sunni Arab politician Adnan al-Dulaimi.
A guard outside Dulaimi's office told AFP he heard gunshots fired a short distance away and rushed to find the body of a slain man.
Dulaimi however told AFP he had no appointment to meet a Western journalist.
People living in the neighbourhood, which has been cordoned off by US and Iraqi security forces, were frightened and refused to talk to journalists.
Several Westerners are already being held hostage by insurgents in Iraq, including an American, a Briton and two Canadians, all members of a Christian peace group.
If it was her, I'll KNOW it was a setup. She is, pretty much, a long time, well known "useful tool" of the islamists.
Baghdad: US Journalist Missing, Interpreter Killed
An American female journalist went missing and the body of her Iraqi interpreter found near a mosque in Baghdad on Saturday, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.
The body of Alin Ghazi Jack, an Iraqi Christian interpreter, was found near the mosque of Anas Bin Malik in western Baghdad, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The U.S. journalist was heading to make an interview with Adnan al-Dulaimi, head of the Iraqi Consensus Front, a Sunni Arab political body, the source said, quoting the information from an Iraqi army force.
The Iraqi army said they only found the body of the interpreter, but the American journalist was not found.
Hmm... Well, if it was an American, (other than Christine Amanpour) that cuts the odds of it being a setup.
They won't get the Government to pay a ransom, although maybe her employers will be glad to pass a few million bucks along.
Hopefully she doesn't work for the New York Times. They don't have enough money to meet payroll, much less pay a big ransom.
<< Those FrenchYouths sure get around.>
As do those Australian yutes "of Middle-Eastern and Mediterranian extraction!"
[And, not to forget, those Indonesian youths with a bent to beheading babies and to bombing that blow bits off bare-bummed British, Bonn, Berne, Borga and Brisbane babes]
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Gunmen kidnapped a female American journalist and killed her Iraqi translator in western Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said Saturday.
Maj. Falah Mohamadawi said the abduction and slaying took place on Friday.
And her death would be the fault of the press.
I wonder why they haven't given her name?
No doubt she was thinking, "They won't hurt me. I'm against the war and think Bush is wrong on Global Warming. They will see me as a friend and ally."
The naivete of the press on the vicious nature of the enemy we are engaged with is astounding and at times like this, tragic.
Ms Amanpour is not a "US journalist".
Because she's CIA??
Given the current security situation, why would any western journalist be traveling out around Baghdad "to meet a sunni leader"....with only a translator?
Sum ting wong here.
May no US troops lose their lives in the effort to save the stupid.
Please add Mrs. Greenspan's pic
I have no sympathy for Al-quaida loving journalists (& I figure that's about 98% of them, especially including "Americans") when they get kidnapped or worse by the folks they are supporting.
Time zone differences and the need to inform her family first. If it was discovered at noon Saturday in Baghdad, that would be 4AM to 1AM in the U.S.
Give it 24 hours.
Naivete and foolishness.
Don't let it be Cokie!
There's a report from Kuwait that says her name is Jewel Carrol. http://news.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=us/5-0&fp=43bffdea534f51de&ei=-dG_Q_HHCabSaO3H3VU&url=http%3A//www.kuna.net.kw/home/Story.aspx%3FLanguage%3Den%26DSNO%3D803261&cid=0
"Jewel Carrol, who works for the Christian Science Monitor."
The chances that the reporter is anything other than an enemy collaborator are vanishingly small.
Christian Science Monitor?
This link gives the name as "Gill Kelly" rather than Jewel Carrol.
Here's a commentary by their correspondent "Jill Carroll." Violence threatens Iraqi coalition...
A search of Google News for "christian science monitor 'jill carroll'" is the quickest way to find some of her articles. First two I read aren't very positive. Iraqis saying the purple finger isn't paying off...gasoline shortages...
A woman...2nd strike
CHRISTIAN Science Monitor...you're outta here!
She's in a world of trouble, regardless, and we all need to crank up the prayers on her behalf. They killed her driver outright.
Yep, pretty much every kidnapping over the past year has been about money. We can thank the Italians for that.
If it was any one of these, they might have kidnapped them so they could slap a burka over their ugly mugs.
|US journalist kidnapped, interpreter killed|
US journalist kidnapped, interpreter killed
BAGHDAD, Jan 7 (KUNA) -- American journalist Jewel Carrol was kidnapped by unknown militants on Saturday and her Iraqi interpreter Elen Al-Ghazi was killed in Al-Adel district, western Baghdad.
Iraq's rising industry: domestic kidnapping
By Jill Carroll | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
BAGHDAD Abu Mohammed was chatting with a friend in an auto repair shop in Salman Pak two months ago when masked gunmen surrounded him and stuffed his 260-pound frame in their trunk and sped away.
He spent the next 10 days locked in a bathroom with a hood over his head, marking the passage of time by listening to his captors' prayers.
Video was released showing the alleged shooting of the American from Alaska/S or N Dakota, but strangely enough there has been no confirmation of the death.
That shouldn't stop the presses here in America. Nothing ever does.
Reporters on the Job
A Changing Baghdad: Correspondent Jill Carroll (story, page 1) first set foot in Baghdad four days after the city fell to US forces. "The big danger then was at night when gunfire would break out between US soldiers and looters, or among gangs," she says. Iraqis, she recalls, wanted to get hold of a satellite phone, which most journalists had, to tell relatives they were alive. I remember one enterprising guy standing in the famous Ferdos Square with a satellite phone charging a dollar a minute - and a long line of people waiting. I could wade into the crowds in front of the Palestine and Sheraton hotels, interviewing anyone without fear, openly telling them I was an American reporter."
Jill eventually left Baghdad, and returned for a stint three months later in July. "I remember the day we heard the shocking news that an US convoy had been hit by a bomb on a highway. One reporter threw on his flak jacket and raced out to cover something that is so routine now that it's hard to remember it was once big news."
After another absence, Jill moved to Baghdad to freelance fulltime in fall 2004. "I was surprised the electricity was still not fixed and struck by the traffic. A few days after I arrived, a massive boom shook me out of bed. It was the first day of Ramadan and five car bombs went off across Baghdad."
Jill says it was the beginning of what would become a tragic routine. "But still, I would often go to impoverished Sadr City, even the to thieves' market, and feel safe interviewing anyone," she says. "That ended April 4, when a Marine siege of Fallujah and a Shiite uprising made it dangerous for foreigners. Suddenly I had to wear a hijab in the car."
After another trip away, Jill returned this January. "After a terrifying fall when kidnapping and beheading became common, many journalists and freelancers had left," she says. "There are only a few of the old stalwart freelancers around now. I can't walk in the streets anymore or drop into a shop to talk to average Iraqis."
The starkest difference is in Omar. Jill has gauged her time in Iraq partly by the sentiments of a 23-year-old friend who initially was excited about his country's future. She says he called US soldiers "my brothers" and collected anything with a US flag on it. "He felt real sadness at news of growing attacks on US troops," she says.
Today, Omar openly says his generation is lost. "He doesn't feel anger at the US, just deep disappointment," says Jill. "He jokes all the time now and tells old stories to avoid talk of the future or the current news."
More on Jill Carroll:
Covering the war gives journalists an opportunity to recall the noblest tenets of their profession and fulfill the public service role of journalism.
The sense that I could do more good in the Middle East than in the U.S. drove me to move to Jordan six months before the war to learn as much about the region as possible before the fighting began. All I ever wanted to be was a foreign correspondent, so when I was laid off from my reporting assistant job at the Wall Street Journal in August 2002, it seemed the right time to try to make it happen. There was bound to be plenty of parachute journalism once the war started, and I didn't want to be a part of that.
I heard this early this morning and have not heard another word about it since, was it a hoax?
So people become foreign correspondents to "do good?" Now we know!
BTW, the Christian Science Monitor bureau in Pakistan was instrumental in publishing messages from AlQaida. I wrote to the Editor in the US to ask why they would help terrorists who had been driven into hiding, into getting their propaganda printed. I got a mealy-mouthed non-responsive answer.
CSM is on the same list with CNN as far as I am concerned.
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