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New Video Of Abducted American Journalist

In new footage aired Monday on an Arabic-language news network, an American journalist kidnapped in Iraq urged Americans to plead for the release of female Iraqi prisoners in order to secure her release, the network said.

Appearing distraught, Jill Carroll wore a head scarf and spoke English in the video, which was dated January 28, the Qatar-based satellite network Al-Jazeera reported. The network broadcast the images but did not air the sound.

It said that Carroll urged her family, colleagues and Americans around the world to appeal to U.S. officials and the Iraqi Interior Ministry on her behalf.

Last Thursday, the U.S. military in Iraq released five female detainees after determining they were not security threats. Four female prisoners reportedly remain in U.S. custody.

The tape was dated January 28 and bore the logo of the Brigades of Vengeance, the group that claimed responsibility for Carroll's January 7 abduction. CNN has no way to confirm when or where the video was shot.

Carroll, a freelance writer, was working for the Christian Science Monitor when she was taken hostage. The non-religious newspaper -- based in Boston, Massachusetts -- said it would assess the video's authenticity before issuing a statement.

Her captors had threatened to kill her unless all female prisoners were freed, but no word on her fate had emerged since the group issued a 72-hour deadline in a previous video that aired January 17.

The five women released last week were among 424 detainees released "as a result of detailed screening," said Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, a U.S. military spokesman.

"They were determined not to be a problem in Iraq," Lynch said.

The release of the female detainees was "part of our normal process, and not as a result of demands by terrorists and criminals," Lynch reiterated. "We don't negotiate with terrorists and criminals."

Bosho Ibrahim Ali, a deputy justice minister, told CNN the remaining four female prisoners might be released with another group at another time.

Ali said he had started his effort to free the female detainees for humanitarian reasons before Carroll's abduction.

The Christian Science Monitor has posted on its Web site appeals for Carroll's release from Muslims and non-Muslims. They include an appeal from a top official of Hamas, the Islamic militant group considered a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States.

Both of Carroll's parents have appealed for her release in CNN interviews. Her father, Jim Carroll, canceled planned appearances on Arab television networks after Monday's video aired and did not plan any further statements.

ABC crew improving

Reporting from the Iraqi war zone is a dangerous proposition.

ABC's top news official said Monday that anchor Bob Woodruff and his cameraman "have shown some signs of improvement" after being seriously injured by a roadside bomb and may be transferred to the United States as soon as Tuesday.

Woodruff, the 44-year-old co-anchor of "World News Tonight," and Doug Vogt, 46, arrived in Germany on Monday morning to receive treatment for wounds they suffered Sunday near Taji, Iraq, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

ABC News President David Westin said families of the two had met with doctors, who "will continue to monitor their condition closely," according to a news release. (Full story)

According to Reporters without Borders, 79 media workers have been killed in Iraq since the United States invaded in March 2003.

The organization said 35 news media workers have been abducted since the start of the war, including Carroll. Five of the kidnap victims were killed.

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