BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. Marines have arrested four Iraqi men in connection with the kidnapping of U.S. journalist Jill Carroll, who was freed last March after 82 days in captivity, a U.S. spokesman said Wednesday.
Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said the four, who were not identified, were arrested in Anbar province west of Baghdad but he did not say when. Caldwell said Carroll, who works for the Christian Science Monitor, was held 7 miles west of Fallujah before she was freed March 30.
The 28-year-old journalist was kidnapped Jan. 7 in west Baghdad and her Iraqi interpreter was shot dead. She was released March 30 near a Sunni Arab political party office in Baghdad and returned to the United States on April 2.
The kidnappers, a formerly unknown group calling themselves the Revenge Brigade, had demanded the release of all women detainees in Iraq, saying Carroll would be killed otherwise. U.S. officials did release some female detainees but said the decision was unrelated to the demands.
Caldwell said a lieutenant from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment decided to investigation a house which he had read about in intelligence reports. He and his Marines entered the house and detained the owner.
"After questioning that suspect, Marines identified additional locations where Jill Caroll was believed to have been held," Caldwell said.
Caldwell said Marines went to a second location and arrested one perso. Three others were arrested at yet another place and two hostages were freed.
"U.S. and Iraqi authorities are currently discussing prosecutorial options and will make the determination shortly," he said.