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AP Says Jill Carroll Wasn’t Rescued By Military

And the DNC's Associated Press want to make that perfectly clear:

American reporter Jill Carroll speaks to media after her release from captivity at the Islamic Party Headquarters Thursday March 30, 2006 in Baghdad in this image taken from video. Carroll, who was kidnapped three months ago in a bloody ambush that killed her translator, was released from captivity Thursday and said she had been treated well.

Military Not Involved in Carroll's Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military was not involved in the release of American journalist Jill Carroll, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said Thursday.

Whitman said it is also not yet clear whether the military will play any role in her transportation out of Iraq.

He added, however that there are still five female detainees being held in detention facilities in Iraq. Earlier in Carroll's nearly three-month kidnapping, her captors, a previously unknown group calling itself the Revenge Brigades, publicly demanded the release of all women detainees in Iraq. A short time later five female detainees were released.

President Bush rejoiced Thursday in the release of American hostage Jill Carroll in Iraq. "Thank God," the president said.

"I'm just really grateful she was released," he said. He thanked those "who worked so hard for her release. I'm glad she's alive."

Bush spoke at this Caribbean resort where he is meeting with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

In Berlin for a conference with counterparts, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed "great delight and great relief of the United States, the people of the United States and, I'm sure, the people of the world at the release today of Jill Carroll."

"This is something that people have across the world worked for and prayed for and I think we are all very pleased and happy to hear of her release," Rice said.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't, I guess.

By the way, here is a photo of Carroll's Iraqi translator who was killed by her "friends":

Apparently Carroll is now saying she never felt threatened by her captors. She never thought her friends would harm her.

So who was it in those videos saying she would be killed if the US did not not meet the terrorists' demands?

Sorry, but I smell a terrorist sympathizing rat.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 30th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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