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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Will Not Release Iraqi Women Prisoners

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The United States will not give in to the demands of the kidnappers of reporter Jill Carroll, a U.S. military spokesman said on Tuesday, after a new video was aired in which she called for Iraqi women prisoners to be freed.

The American journalist appeared veiled and weeping in the video broadcast by Arabic satellite channel Al-Jazeera on Monday night. Her voice could not be heard on the tape, but Al- Jazeera said she called for U.S. forces and the Iraqi Interior Ministry to release all women in their custody.

It was the first glimpse of Carroll since her kidnappers released a video on Jan. 17 in which they threatened to kill her within 72 hours if women prisoners were not released. The deadline had passed with no word on her fate.

"We will not make concessions to terrorist demands," said U.S. military spokesman in Iraq Lieutenant Colonel Barry Johnson. The United States says it does not negotiate with terrorists.

He said U.S. forces were continuing to work with Iraqi authorities "to resolve the situation as quickly as possible." U.S and Iraqi soldiers have staged several raids on homes and a mosque in their hunt for Carroll.

The U.S. military released five women prisoners last week, but both they and Iraqi officials insisted the move had been pre-planned and was not linked to the hostage-takers' demands.