After nearly three months in captivity in Iraq, American reporter Jill Carroll was set free Thursday.
Carroll, who was a freelancer for the Christian Science Monitor at the time of her kidnapping, apparently was left in the street near the Iraqi Islamic Party offices in Baghdad. She walked inside, and people there called American officials.
"I was treated well, but I don't know why I was kidnapped," Carroll said in a brief interview on Iraqi television, during which she wore a light green Islamic headscarf and a gray Arab robe. "I'm just happy to be free. I want to be with my family." Read more.
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Here's what people in the news are saying:
"I'm just happy to be free. I want to be with my family." — Jill Carroll
"Our hearts are full, we are elated by Jill's safe release. We would like to thank all of the generous people around the world for their thoughts and prayers." — Richard Bergenheim, the editor of the Christian Science Monitor
"Obviously, we are thrilled and relieved that she has been released." — Jill Carroll's father, Jim Carroll
"I think we had all expected the worst...it's just more than we could have imagined." — Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
Here's what FOX Fans are saying:
“I have this strange feeling that she, contrary to appearances, was NOT an UNWILLING captive.” — Steven (Helena, MT)
“The entire world has to be grateful for the safe release of Ms. Carroll. However, is this the same person who was crying internationally on a televised video, begging for her life? The statements made today by Ms. Carroll would have one think she has been on vacation. She claims she was never threatened in any way what so ever. Yet, in videos, she portrayed a person in great harm; enough so, to ask the world to pressure the Iraqi and U.S. Governments to comply with the demands of her captors. We’re very glad Ms. Carroll has been freed from captivity, but I’m not sure she is.” — Roger (Corinth, MS)
“I think Jill Carroll put military lives in danger. She should not be praised, rather charged with a crime.” — Richard (OH)
“I'm glad she is alive, and happy that her family has been spared the loss of a loved one.” — Joe (Wasilla , AK)
“I think the Muslim scarf looks very fashionable on her, and I recommend that she stay there and think about making amends with the translator's family that she put in danger for her own agenda.” — Dave
“Welcome home Jill, and God bless! This will be a good time for her to use some vacation time and spend it with family. Come to think of it, that's what I'm going to do.” — John (MD)
“Has any other hostage been dressed in native garb and treated so well? Do we know the significance of the light green colors she wears? Being a journalist, why was her initial release interview so short — and on Iraqi TV no less? Not buying it.” — Richard (Bonney Lake, WA)
“With the media focused on only the negative, it is great to see some positive. This is nothing but goodness, and I say God bless!” — Mark (Charleston, SC)
“Let's all remember that her ruthless kidnappers didn't have any trouble killing her interpreter. I hope our side has some success finding some of these monsters and eliminating them.” — Judy
"If she is truly American, isn't it time to put on some Gap jeans and a T-shirt and lose the Arab garb?" — Mark (Houston, TX)