Islamic State Frees 49 Turkish Hostages Abducted on June 11

September 20, 2014 7:12 AM

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Islamic State released 49 Turkish citizens, abducted in a raid on Turkey’s consulate in the northern Iraq city of Mosul on June 11, Turkey Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told state-run TRT television.

Turkey secured the release of the hostages, including Consul General Ozturk Yilmaz, through intense “contacts early today,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in Azerbaijan, according to Hurriyet newspaper. The release of hostages shows Turkey’s “strength,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sa...

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