Al-Jazeera shows another Jill Carroll video

Her captors threatened to kill her over a week ago, but a new video suggests that she's still alive.

Published January 30, 2006 9:53PM (EST)

Al-Jazeera aired a second video of abducted journalist Jill Carroll on Monday, four days after a top Iraqi police officer told the Associated Press he believed she would eventually be freed. Carroll was kidnapped in Baghdad on Jan. 7, and her captors released a silent video of her on Jan. 17, along with a statement demanding that all female Iraqi prisoners be released and threatening to kill Carroll in 72 hours if their demands were not met.

According to the Guardian, the new video is also silent, but Carroll is "visibly crying in the video and wears a conservative Islamic veil as she speaks to the camera." Al-Jazeera reportedly told viewers that she is asking the U.S. military and the Iraqi Interior Ministry to grant her captors' demand that all female Iraqi prisoners be released, and saying that doing so "would help in winning her release."

The Guardian also said the footage "has a time signature with the date Jan. 28." Of course, we can't be sure that the video is actually from Saturday, any more than we can currently verify what Carroll was saying in the clip. But the fact that her captors are circulating a new video more than a week after they said she'd be executed gives us hope that she's still alive.

By Page Rockwell

Page Rockwell is Salon's editorial project manager.

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