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Iraq - Female Western journalist kidnapped in Baghdad - police
ABC News & Reuters ^ | January 7, 2006

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.



TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abduction; adnanaldulaimi; aldulaimi; alinghazijack; carroll; csm; dulaimi; hostages; iraq; jillcarroll; journalist; kidnapping; monitor; reporter
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1 posted on 01/07/2006 1:38:43 AM PST by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000
BBC News -

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.


2 posted on 01/07/2006 1:41:55 AM PST by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: HAL9000

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.


3 posted on 01/07/2006 1:49:24 AM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: LegendHasIt

Speaking of...that story went nowhere. Americans should be rioting over that flap.


4 posted on 01/07/2006 1:55:33 AM PST by endthematrix (None dare call it ISLAMOFACISM!)
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To: LegendHasIt
With her driver/translator having been killed, I'd bet .50¢ it's a real kidnapping.
5 posted on 01/07/2006 1:56:20 AM PST by BykrBayb (Impeach Judge Greer - In memory of Terri <strike>Schiavo</strike> Schindler - www.terrisfight.org)
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To: HAL9000

Those FrenchYouths sure get around.


6 posted on 01/07/2006 2:00:02 AM PST by MonroeDNA (Look for the union label--on the bat crashing through your windshield!)
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To: HAL9000

Can we send 10 more journalists to replace her, including Dan Rather?


7 posted on 01/07/2006 2:02:08 AM PST by peyton randolph (<a href="http://clinton.senate.gov/">shrew</a>)
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To: BykrBayb
If the journalist is Christiane Amanpour, one could surmise that she has been kidnapped because of the story that she was the subject of an NSA wiretap, which of course the terrorists would read as "she is a spy."

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.

8 posted on 01/07/2006 2:05:32 AM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: BykrBayb

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.


9 posted on 01/07/2006 2:07:41 AM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: HAL9000
Agence France Presse -

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.


10 posted on 01/07/2006 2:10:00 AM PST by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: Miss Marple

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.


11 posted on 01/07/2006 2:10:28 AM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: HAL9000

12 posted on 01/07/2006 2:13:34 AM PST by devolve (<-- (-in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag F. Kohnman-)
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To: HAL9000
Xinhua -

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.


13 posted on 01/07/2006 2:14:18 AM PST by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: HAL9000

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.


14 posted on 01/07/2006 2:15:51 AM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: MonroeDNA; HAL9000

<< 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]


15 posted on 01/07/2006 2:17:18 AM PST by Brian Allen (How arrogant are we to believe our career political-power-lusting lumpen somehow superior to theirs?)
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To: HAL9000
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.


16 posted on 01/07/2006 2:21:14 AM PST by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: LegendHasIt
Ah, but if the islamists thought her conversations with them had been tapped, then they would kidnap her to get info, and perhaps kill her to prevent her froom being questioned by authorities.

And her death would be the fault of the press.

17 posted on 01/07/2006 2:29:10 AM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: HAL9000

I wonder why they haven't given her name?


18 posted on 01/07/2006 3:02:17 AM PST by Daralundy
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To: HAL9000
Is there any hope?


19 posted on 01/07/2006 3:10:11 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: HAL9000

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.


20 posted on 01/07/2006 3:12:37 AM PST by Da Mav
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To: Miss Marple

Ms Amanpour is not a "US journalist".


21 posted on 01/07/2006 3:13:20 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: Daralundy
I wonder why they haven't given her name?

Because she's CIA??

22 posted on 01/07/2006 3:15:52 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: endthematrix
Are you talking about that nasty Italian witch who was "kidnapped" by her terrorist friends.

Recently, there has been some movement by the Italian judiciary for the killing of the Italian agent. Now who do you think the Italian judge charged with homicide:

a-the Italian witch, whose carelessness led to her kidnapping and the death of the agent;

b-the kidnapper terrorists

c-an American soldier manning a checkpoint who fired on the speeding vehicle after it failed to stop after warnings.

So easy, huh. And so sad.
23 posted on 01/07/2006 3:38:36 AM PST by Patriot from Philly
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To: HAL9000

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.


24 posted on 01/07/2006 4:10:27 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: SkyPilot

Please add Mrs. Greenspan's pic


25 posted on 01/07/2006 5:41:40 AM PST by LadyBuzz
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To: HAL9000

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.


26 posted on 01/07/2006 5:49:24 AM PST by GreyFriar ((3rd Armored Division -- Spearhead))
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To: Daralundy
I wonder why they haven't given her name?

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.

27 posted on 01/07/2006 6:03:18 AM PST by angkor
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To: silverleaf
Sum ting wong here.

Naivete and foolishness.

28 posted on 01/07/2006 6:04:32 AM PST by angkor
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To: SkyPilot

Please, please...

Don't let it be Cokie!


29 posted on 01/07/2006 6:22:24 AM PST by montomike
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To: montomike

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


30 posted on 01/07/2006 6:37:40 AM PST by Graymatter
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To: Graymatter

http://www.kuna.net.kw/home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=803261

Better link.

"Jewel Carrol, who works for the Christian Science Monitor."


31 posted on 01/07/2006 6:39:34 AM PST by Graymatter
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To: HAL9000
If I were in charge of such things I would release stories suggesting that female captives are sexually assaulted by their captors.
32 posted on 01/07/2006 6:45:51 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: HAL9000

The chances that the reporter is anything other than an enemy collaborator are vanishingly small.


33 posted on 01/07/2006 7:01:16 AM PST by thoughtomator (Illegal immigrants come to America for a better life - yours!)
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To: HAL9000
If I could be convinced that this woman was one of the minuscule number of truth conveying reporters over there, I'd grieve. Until then, I rejoice and pray for more kidnapped journalists. The result would have to be, eventually, a press "early withdrawal", and Iraq sinking into the ether the same way Somalia did when it got too dangerous for reporters over there. It's a good thing, given most modern reporting.
34 posted on 01/07/2006 7:20:45 AM PST by wgflyer (Liberalism is to society what HIV is to the immune system.)
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To: thoughtomator
The chances that the reporter is anything other than an enemy collaborator are vanishingly small.

Christian Science Monitor?

35 posted on 01/07/2006 7:25:55 AM PST by null and void (The lesson of the holocaust: if someone says they are going to kill you, pay attention.)
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To: HAL9000

http://euronews.net/create_html.php?page=detail_info&article=329794&lng=1

This link gives the name as "Gill Kelly" rather than Jewel Carrol.


36 posted on 01/07/2006 7:42:30 AM PST by Graymatter
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To: HAL9000

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0106/p07s02-woiq.html

Here's a commentary by their correspondent "Jill Carroll." Violence threatens Iraqi coalition...


37 posted on 01/07/2006 7:47:27 AM PST by Graymatter
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To: HAL9000

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...


38 posted on 01/07/2006 7:53:16 AM PST by Graymatter
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To: Graymatter
An American...1st strike

A woman...2nd strike

CHRISTIAN Science Monitor...you're outta here!

39 posted on 01/07/2006 7:57:32 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: DCPatriot

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.


40 posted on 01/07/2006 8:09:14 AM PST by Graymatter
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To: DCPatriot
Plame, Valerie Plame


/sarc>
41 posted on 01/07/2006 8:22:26 AM PST by Issaquahking
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To: LegendHasIt
to get the government of whaqtever country she calls home to pay a big ransom for her.

Yep, pretty much every kidnapping over the past year has been about money. We can thank the Italians for that.

42 posted on 01/07/2006 8:24:33 AM PST by Casloy
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To: SkyPilot

If it was any one of these, they might have kidnapped them so they could slap a burka over their ugly mugs.


43 posted on 01/07/2006 8:28:40 AM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: Graymatter
US journalist kidnapped, interpreter killed
MIL-IRAQ-KIDNAPPING
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.

An Iraqi Interior Ministry source said the militants had kidnapped the woman this afternoon and killed the man who was translating for her.

No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of Carrol, who works for the Christian Science Monitor. (end) mhg.ema


KUNA 071637 Jan 06NNNN


44 posted on 01/07/2006 8:36:12 AM PST by Baraonda (Demographic is destiny. Don't hire 3rd world illegal aliens nor support businesses that hire them.)
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To: Graymatter

Iraq's rising industry: domestic kidnapping

By Jill Carroll | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0422/p06s01-woiq.html

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.

-snip-


45 posted on 01/07/2006 8:47:08 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: HAL9000

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.


46 posted on 01/07/2006 8:55:29 AM PST by freema (Proud Marine Mom-I love the DC FReepers!)
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To: angkor

That shouldn't stop the presses here in America. Nothing ever does.


47 posted on 01/07/2006 8:58:08 AM PST by freema (Proud Marine Mom-I love the DC FReepers!)
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To: HAL9000

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0318/p06s02-wogn.htm

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:

http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=3829

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.



48 posted on 01/07/2006 9:02:55 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: HAL9000


I heard this early this morning and have not heard another word about it since, was it a hoax?


49 posted on 01/07/2006 9:08:37 AM PST by rockabyebaby (I'm not afraid to say out loud what the rest of you are afraid to admit.)
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To: jimbo123

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.


50 posted on 01/07/2006 9:17:17 AM PST by maica (We are fighting the War for the Free World and the media is not on our side.)
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