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Freed US journalist arrives home
Jill Carroll (l) with her sister and parents
Jill Carroll was released on Thursday
A US journalist released after being held hostage in Iraq for nearly three months has arrived home in Boston.

Jill Carroll, who works for the Boston-based Christian Science Monitor, was abducted by unknown gunmen in west Baghdad on 7 January.

She flew into Boston on a commercial flight from Germany, where she had been taken after being freed on Thursday.

The US ambassador to Iraq has said no ransom was paid by the embassy for the 28-year-old's release.

Ms Carroll was accompanied by a colleague from Christian Science Monitor on her flight back to the US.

"I finally feel like I am alive again. I feel so good," she said.

The newspaper and Ms Carroll's family have not revealed what her plans will be now she has returned to the US.


The journalist has distanced herself from comments published straight after her release.

Jill Carroll said she had been forced to make a "propaganda video" on her last night in captivity.

Speaking at a US base in Germany, Ms Carroll also said she did not speak freely in an Iraqi TV interview, which she was told would never be broadcast.

She called her captors "criminals, at best" saying she was often threatened.

In a statement read to the media by the editor of the Christian Science Monitor, Ms Carroll said she no longer stood by remarks she made on her release.

"During my last night in captivity, my captors forced me to participate in a propaganda video.

"They told me I would be released if I co-operated. I was living in a threatening environment, under their control, and wanted to go home alive. So I agreed."

Jill Carroll on Baghdad TV
Jill Carroll appeared on Baghdad TV wearing a headscarf

Ms Carroll was kidnapped and her translator was killed in west Baghdad on 7 January.

She was freed on 30 March and was dropped off at the offices of the Iraqi Islamic Party.

In her statement on Saturday she accused the group of breaking an agreement not to broadcast an interview recorded after her release.

"The party had promised me the interview would never be aired on television, and broke their word," she said.

"At any rate, fearing retribution from my captors, I did not speak freely. Out of fear I said I wasn't threatened. In fact, I was threatened many times."

'Deeply angry'

In the interview, Ms Carroll had said her captors treated her "very well" and had not hit her.

In Germany, however, the freelance reporter was much more direct.

"The people who kidnapped me and murdered Alan Enwiya are criminals, at best," the statement read.

"They robbed Alan of his life and devastated his family. They put me, my family and my friends - and all those around the world, who have prayed so fervently for my release - through a horrific experience.

"I was, and remain, deeply angry with the people who did this."


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