Fijian troops call home and then celebrate after release by Syrian rebels

September 12, 2014 11:12 AM

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SUVA, Fiji -- First came the emotional calls home and then the celebrations Friday as 45 Fijian peacekeepers held captive for two weeks by Syrian militants made it to safety.

Fiji's military chief described how his troops were released at about midnight Fijian time, and were immediately given access to telephones to call their loved ones. By 2 a.m. every affected family in Fiji knew the good news, Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga told reporters.

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