When Jill Carroll's byline re-appeared six weeks ago there was no way to predict that a key figure in her kidnapping would be apprehended last week. My rambling post at the time is now drawing a rash of hits from Google searches for "Jill Carroll."
This is from the London Times...
The alleged mastermind behind the kidnapping in Baghdad of American journalist Jill Carroll in 2006 has been arrested along with a second, senior al-Qaeda suspect, the US military said last night.
Associates of Salim Abdallah Ashur al-Shujayri are also thought to have been involved in the kidnap and murder of Margaret Hassan, the aid worker seized by insurgents in west Baghdad in October 2004, and the kidnap of Norman Kember, the British peace campaigner.
Coalition forces captured Shujayri, known as Abu Uthman, on August 11. The US military described him as reportedly being the al-Qaeda in Iraq leader of Baghdad’s eastern Rusafa district.
"He is believed to be the planner behind the kidnapping of American journalist Jill Carroll," a statement said.
Ms Carroll, 30, who worked for the Christian Science Monitor in Baghdad, was taken hostage at gunpoint on January 7, 2006. Her interpreter was shot dead. She was released almost three months later.
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