The following is a timeline of events surrounding the kidnapping of American journalist Jill Carroll.

1999: Carroll receives a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

2002: Carroll moves to Jordan six months before the Iraq war starts in March 2003 "to learn as much about the region as possible before the fighting began." She was laid off as a reporting assistant for The Wall Street Journal before heading overseas.

Jan. 7: Carroll is kidnapped in one of Baghdad's most dangerous Sunni Arab neighborhoods. Her translator is shot dead by her captors. Carroll had traveled to the neighborhood to interview a Sunni Arab politician.

Jan. 17: Al-Jazeera TV airs a silent 20-second video of Carroll. An accompanying message gave the United States until Jan. 20 to free female prisoners in Iraq or Carroll would be killed. On the tape, Carroll is pale and appears tired.

Jan. 19: Carroll's mother appeals for her daughter's release hours before her captor's deadline to kill her.

Jan. 20: The Sunni Arab politician Carroll had gone to interview when she was abducted, Adnan al-Dulaimi, appeals for Carroll's release. The deadline set by her captors to kill her passes.

Jan. 26: The U.S. military releases five Iraqi women detainees, but U.S. officials say the release has nothing to do with the captors' demand. Several other Iraqi women remain jailed.

Jan. 30: Weeping and wearing an Islamic veil, Carroll again appears on a video aired by Al-Jazeera, which does not play clear audio but reports that the reporter appealed for authorities to free all women prisoners in Iraq to help win her release.

Feb. 9: Carroll appears in a video dated Feb. 2 aired on Al-Rai, a private Kuwaiti TV channel. Speaking in a strong voice, she says: "I sent you a letter written by my hand, but you wanted more evidence. I am here. I am fine. Please just do whatever they want, give them whatever they want as quickly as possible. There is a very short time. Please do it fast. That's all."

Feb. 10: Jassem Boudai, the owner of Al-Rai television, says the kidnappers have set a Feb. 26 deadline for their demands to be met or they will kill Carroll.

March 29: Carroll's twin sister, Katie Carroll, issues appeal for her sister's release.

March 30: Carroll is released by her kidnappers.