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Abducted journalist Jill Carrol (file photo) (epa)
19 January 2006 -- Iraq's Justice Ministry said today that U.S. forces would release six Iraqi women prisoners. But the ministry said the move was not related to the demands of a militant group that kidnapped a U.S. journalist.
The Arabic television channel Al-Jazeera said on 17 January that the kidnappers of Jill Carroll had threatened to kill her unless all Iraqi women detainees were freed. The channel aired a brief video the same day showing Carroll, 28, a freelance journalist working for "The Christian Science Monitor."
The U.S. military did not confirm the releases would take place. A spokesman said it could not discuss individual cases of detainees or ongoing reviews. The military said on 18 January it was holding eight female prisoners in Iraq.