Appeal by kidnapped US journalist

US journalist Jill Carroll, kidnapped in Iraq a month ago, pleaded with authorities to meet her captors’ demands quickly in a video aired on Kuwaiti television, saying “there is a very short time”.

Carroll appeared in the video wearing an Islamic veil, speaking to the camera.

“I am here. I am fine. Please just do whatever they want, give them whatever they want as quickly as possible,” Carroll says. “There is a very short time. Please do it fast. That’s all.”

The video was aired on Alrai TV, a private channel, unlike two previous videos of Carroll issued by her captors, which were handed over to the more widely watched Al-Jazeera.

Carroll, 28, who worked as a freelance for The Christian Science Monitor, was abducted on January 7 in Baghdad.

Her captors, calling themselves the Revenge Brigades, demanded the release of all Iraqi women prisoners held in US and Iraqi jails.

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