A freed American hostage in Iraq says she was treated well by her captors.
Jill Carroll told an Iraqi television station on Thursday she was never threatened or hit during almost three months in captivity.
Carroll showed up today at a branch office of a Sunni Arab political party (Iraqi Islamic Party) in Baghdad and is now inside U.S. headquarters in the heavily fortified Green Zone.
The US ambassador to Iraq ,Zalmay Khalilzad said U.S. officials in Baghdad were not involved in negotiations for the journalist's release. Carroll's captors had threatened to kill her unless all female prisoners held in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq were released.
A Syrian journalist and an Iraqi lawyer held hostage for several days were also released Thursday.
Separately, the U.S. military says a soldier has died from wounds suffered Tuesday in combat operations in Al Anbar Province.
And a U.S. Defense Department official has confirmed a U.S. newspaper report that the delay in forming an Iraqi government is potentially delaying a decision to reduce U.S. troop levels in Iraq.
The Washington Times quotes an unnamed U.S. official as saying the coalition commander in Iraq, General George Casey, will not be able to recommend troop reductions until a new government is in place.