Jill Carroll appeared in a veil and in tears in an Al-Jazeera tape

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated January 31, 2006 08:00 AM

Kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll appeared wearing a traditional Islamic veil and weeping on a new videotape aired Monday night by the Arab television station Al-Jazeera, which said the 28-year-old is appealing for the release of all Iraqi women prisoners.

The tape is time-stamped Jan. 28. The station did not broadcast audio, but the newscaster said Carroll asked U.S. and Iraqi authorities to free all women prisoners, to help “in winning her release,” reports Reuters.

The American military released five Iraqi women last Thursday and is believed be holding about six more. It is unclear how many women are being held by Iraqi authorities.

Carroll, a freelance reporter for the Christian Science Monitor, was abducted on Jan. 7 in western Baghdad by the previously unknown Revenge Brigades, who threatened to kill her unless all women prisoners were released.

If the date shown on the new video is correct, this marks the first sighting of Carroll since the Jan. 20 deadline set by her captors in an earlier video. That deadline had passed with no word on her fate, amid widespread demands for her freedom from Iraqi and Islamic leaders.

Arabic language Al-Jazeera did not report a new deadline, or if one even exists.