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Reporter’s Mother Makes Emotional Appeal

January 19, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) _ The mother of American reporter Jill Carrol abducted in Baghdad pleaded Wednesday for her daughter’s safe release.

Mary Beth Carrol said on CNN’s ``American Morning″ that her daughter was an innocent journalist who traveled to Iraq to help explain Iraqis’ suffering to the world.

Jill Carrol, 28, a freelancer for the Boston-based Christian Science Monitor, was kidnapped Jan. 7.

On Tuesday, she was seen for the first time since her abduction on a silent, 20-second video clip released to Al-Jazeera television. Station officials said the video also included the threat to kill her if Iraqi women in U.S. custody were not freed.

``A video just released gives us hope that Jill is alive, but has also shaken us about her fate,″ Mary Beth Carrol said in a statement aimed at her daughter’s captors.

``Taking vengance on my innocent daughter who loves Iraq and its people will not create justice.″

Her mother said that Jill was aware of the risks of reporting in Iraq and that she was very careful of her security. She said they talked about what would happen if Jill were kidnapped.

``I think that I’m in shock right now, and I know that falling apart is not going to help my daughter. And I can say her father and her sister are the same way. And I think when this is resolved we’ll all fall apart.″

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