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During the three months that she was held hostage, Muslims - with their words and their actions - organized for her freedom and condemned the kidnapping as un-Islamic. Some even worked their political and religious contacts inside Iraq. American Muslims have called for the freeing of hostages before. But this time, they went all out.
"We decided, `enough is enough,'" Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group, said Thursday. "We had to go the extra mile."
It's unclear whether pressure from American Muslims - or other Muslim groups around the world - played a role in Carroll's release Thursday. But Walid and others say they hope their efforts showed the public that Muslims abhor terrorism and kidnapping.
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
It's good news that she has been released. Especially when other hostages have died.
I don't know how much American Muslims helped her cause, but I'd like to think this has played a part in her freedom:
Originally posted by Riwka
This case is somehow strange.
The four western hostages last week have been freed by a combined forces unit. Jill Carroll has been released.
I am happy she is free and doing good after that long time.
I think people all over the world had included the girl in their prayers.
Carroll: Statements Made Under Threat
Protected by the U.S. military and far from the country where she had been held hostage, Jill Carroll strongly disavowed statements she had made during captivity in Iraq and shortly after her release, saying Saturday she had been repeatedly threatened.
In the statement, Carroll also disavowed an interview she gave to the party shortly after her release. She said the party had promised her the interview would not be aired "and broke their word."
"At any rate, fearing retribution from my captors, I did not speak freely. Out of fear, I said I wasn't threatened. In fact, I was threatened many times," she said. "Also, at least two false statements about me have been widely aired: One - that I refused to travel and cooperate with the U.S. military, and two - that I refused to discuss my captivity with U.S. officials. Again, neither statement is true."