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Jill Carroll Doesn't Recognize Jubouri Photo
US Military Said Killed Qaeda Operative Involved in Reporter's Kidnapping
05/03/2007 4:46 PM ET
Baghdad, IRAQ: A picture displayed 03 May 2007 at a press conference in Baghdad given by US Major General William Caldwell, commander of the Multi-National Force Iraq, shows a man identified by the US military as Al-Qaeda in Iraq's information minister, identified as Muharib Abdulatif al-Juburi.
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Baghdad, IRAQ: A picture displayed 03 May 2007 at a press conference in Baghdad given by US Major General William Caldwell, commander of the Multi-National Force Iraq, shows a man identified by the US military as Al-Qaeda in Iraq's "information minister", identified as Muharib Abdulatif al-Juburi.

Jill Carroll does not recognize the photo purportedly showing al Qaeda's "information minister" released this morning by US military officials.

According to Major General William Caldwell Thursday morning, the US military earlier this week killed Muharib Abdulatif al-Juburi, a man he said was involved in Christian Science Monitor reporter Jill Carroll's hostage ordeal, as well as the kidnapping of two German citizens in February and the kiling of Tom Fox, an American Christian peace activist.

"Based on multiple detainee briefings we know he was responsible for the transportation and movement of Jill Carroll from her various hiding places," said Caldwell.

However, Dan Murphy reports for the Christian Science Monitor:

General Caldwell's description of the role of the dead man – particularly that "we know he is responsible for propaganda and ransom videos for Jill Carroll" – would imply that Jubouri was Jill's chief captor, a man known to her as "Abu Nour" and as "Abdullah Rashid."

Another senior captor that Carroll knew as Abu Rasha, a burly man who played a major role in the logistics of her captivity, also partially fits Caldwell's statement that Jubouri was "responsible for the transportation and movement of Jill Carroll from her various hiding places."

But Carroll was held by a number of men, and the photo of Jubouri doesn't appear to be either Abu Rasha or Abu Nour. She says the photo might be of a kidnapper whom she had taken to be a low-status guard, but couldn't be sure.

Carroll says that Abu Nour – a slight man with an icy temperament – had played a major role in scripting and directing the propaganda videos she was forced to make while in captivity. There was no doubt in her mind that he was the most powerful of the captors she had contact with, though her captor's conversations led her to believe that there were others involved in her kidnapping and Mr. Enwiya's murder.

Murphy further reports that military spokesman Lt. Col Christopher Garver said Jubouri participated in a meeting with three other insurgents about Carroll in March 2006, but he couldn't provide further details. "He was involved in but we have not identified the level of his involvement," he said.

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